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More Syrians flee besieged Homs Old City

The Syrian Red Crescent confirmed the latest evacuations on Twitter.

Hundreds of civilians were allowed to leave at the weekend after the local governor agreed a truce with the UN.

Meanwhile, government and opposition negotiators have resumed peace talks in Geneva. Analysts say that little progress is expected.

The opposition wants the government to commit in writing to the 2012 Geneva Communique, which called for the formation of a transitional administration with full executive authority.

President Bashar al-Assad’s government has ruled out any transfer of power.

The first round of talks ended last month with no firm agreements and both sides trading insults.

The second round opened on Monday with preliminary discussions aimed at thrashing out an agenda, but the two sides have not yet met face-to-face.

Syria’s civil conflict has claimed more than 100,000 lives since 2011 and has driven 9.5 million people from their homes.

‘Absolutely scandalous’

During the first three-day ceasefire in Homs, hundreds of civilians were allowed to leave.

The evacuations took place amid mortar fire and shooting, which both sides blamed on each other. Activists say several people were killed.

Although the situation in Homs was discussed during the first round of talks in Geneva, the truce was actually agreed between Homs governor Talal Barazi and the UN resident co-ordinator in Syria.

 

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