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Six hundred people left the besieged ruins of rebel-held central Homs on Sunday, escaping more than a year of hunger and deprivation caused by one of the most protracted blockades of Syria's devastating conflict.Barazi and Red Crescent officials said they were working to extend the operation beyond Sunday, the final day of a fragile and frequently violated three-day ceasefire in the city.Assad's authorities and rebel fighters have traded accusations of responsibility for attacks on Saturday which stranded the joint United Nations and Red Crescent team in central Old Homs for several hours after dark on Saturday.On Friday, the first of the planned three-day humanitarian operation in Homs, 83 women, children and elderly men were evacuated, significantly fewer than the 200 which the city governor had predicted.Syria's conflict has killed 130,000 people, driven millions from their homes and devastated whole city districts -- particularly in Homs, a centre of protest when the 2011 uprising against 40 years of Assad family rule first erupted.Homs governor Barazi said the operation had been planned months ago but had been hit by delays, while several Homs activists -- angered by a second day of bombardment which killed five people -- bitterly criticised the Geneva negotiations.
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