Civilians are evacuated from the besieged Syrian city of Homs during an UN-led operation, on February 9, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / SAM SKAINE)
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The United Nations said an operation to allow civilians to leave besieged districts of the Syrian city of Homs will be extended until Wednesday night.The announcement on Monday was welcomed by UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos, and follows a successful but difficult three-day evacuation mission in Homs, where gunfire and attacks have frustrated progress. The humanitarian exit operation is part of a deal brokered by the United Nations between the regime and the Syrian opposition after months of negotiations.However, Russia's envoy to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, did not attend, nor did China's representative.
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