UN, Syria reach deal for civilians to leave Homs
Iran Press TV
Thu Feb 6, 2014 5:4PM GMT
The United Nations and Syria have reached an agreement to allow aid into western city of Homs and secure the exit of civilians, local media reported.
The official SANA news agency said on Thursday that Homs governor Talal al-Barazi and UN resident coordinator, Yaacoub El Hillo, agreed to secure "the exit of innocent civilians from the Old City (of Homs) and the entrance of humanitarian assistance for civilians who choose to stay.'
This came days after Syrian government and foreign-backed opposition delegations met in Geneva and discussed the situation in Homs.
UN-Arab League Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi had earlier said that Syria agreed to allow women and children out of the city.
'The relevant Syrian authorities will implement the deal by providing the necessary humanitarian assistance, including food, shelter and medical aid for innocent civilians who leave' the city, SANA also said.
Food, medicine and other humanitarian assistance will be sent in for people who choose to stay, the agency added.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011. Some sources say more than 130,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the violence fueled by Western-backed militants.
According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies -- Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
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