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February 10, 2014 AT 1:24 PM
Aid officials rushed to evacuate more women, children and elderly from rebel-held areas that have been blockaded by government troops for more than a year in Syria's third-largest city, Homs (pronounced Homs not homes), after a U.N.-brokered cease-fire in the city was renewed for three more days Monday. The truce, which began Friday, has been shaken by continued shelling and shooting that prevented some residents from escaping and limited food aid officials have been able to deliver into the besieged neighborhoods. The U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos sharply criticized the two sides, saying U.N. and Syrian Red Crescent workers in the operation were "deliberately targeted."