A man waves behind the window of a bus on February 7, 2014, during the evacuation of civilians from the rebel-held areas of the Syrian city of Homs. (AFP PHOTO / STR)
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More than 80 civilians were evacuated from rebel-held areas of the Syrian city of Homs on Friday under a humanitarian truce after having survived more than 600 days under army siege.The Homs evacuation is part of a deal brokered by the UN between the two sides after months of negotiations that will also see desperately needed aid delivered.The United Nations said 83 civilians were evacuated under a three-day "humanitarian pause".An AFP correspondent saw some 12 civilians come out on the first bus from the rebel enclave.Abul Hareth al-Khalidi, a cleric and spokesman for the besieged civilian population, said the evacuation of civilians will continue Sunday. The government agreed to observe a "humanitarian pause" and opposition activists in Homs said the rebels had agreed to a ceasefire.On Friday, despite the "pause" in Homs city's besieged areas, army tanks and warplanes continued to pound other rebel areas in the countryside of Homs.
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