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Homs aid delayed as fighting flares in besieged city

Published on Feb 8, 2014 11:50 PM

DAMASCUS (AFP) - The Syrian regime and rebels accused each other of breaking a humanitarian truce on Saturday in Homs as the United Nations was poised to deliver aid to civilians trapped in the central city.

The regime and opposition blamed each other for clashes that erupted in the morning, with activists inside Homs accusing government forces of targeting the road that aid would come in on.

The violence came a day after 83 children, women and elderly people were evacuated following more than 600 days trapped in the war-battered Old City of Homs.

The evacuation and aid delivery were made possible by a surprise UN-brokered deal between the government and rebels to observe a three-day "humanitarian pause" in hostilities.

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