A truck carrying humanitarian aid makes its way to besieged civilians in old Homs city February 9, 2014, in this handout released by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters
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Aid teams prepared to enter the besieged Old City of Homs in central Syria to evacuate civilians on Monday, braving fighting that saw mortar fire rain down during operations a day earlier.A source at the Syrian Red Crescent said discussions were still underway on whether an initial three-day truce would be extended to allow the humanitarian operations to continue on Monday. Three days of humanitarian access to Homs, parts of which have been under siege for nearly two years, began on Friday under a UN-mediated deal between the Syrian regime and rebels.The operations resumed on Sunday, with some 600 people escaping the Old City, much of which has been devastated by brutal fighting between the regime and rebels.The World Food Programme (WFP), which has been involved in the Homs operation, demanded unhindered humanitarian access to all besieged areas in Syria.
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