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Evacuation Begins For Civilians From Syrian City

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February 07, 2014 AT 12:39 PM
Dozens of children and women along with elderly people in wheelchairs were evacuated Friday from besieged neighborhoods of Syria's battleground city of Homs under a deal between the warring sides that included a three-day cease-fire. The rare truce in Homs, which will also allow the entrance of aid convoys, may help build some confidence ahead of a second round of peace talks between the opposition and the government of President Bashar Assad, scheduled to begin in Geneva next week. By nightfall, about 80 civilians were brought out of the city, many of them appearing frail and exhausted. Residents have endured a crushing blockade and severe food shortages for more than a year.