A man looks at a United Nations (UN) staff member ahead of being evacuated from the besieged district of the central Syrian city of Homs to a safer location, on February 9, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/BASSEL TAWIL)
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Aid officials rushed to evacuate more women, children and elderly from rebel-held areas that have been blockaded by regime troops for over a year in Homs after a U.N.-brokered cease-fire in Syria's third-largest city was renewed for three more days Monday.The Red Crescent said 450 more people had been evacuated Monday, taking the total to leave the city after more than a year under government siege to around 1,100 .The shaky cease-fire further rattled peace talks that entered their second round Monday in Geneva – and which quickly became mired in recriminations between President Bashar Assad's government and the opposition in exile. U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi was holding separate talks with each side.One Middle East diplomat said Brahimi should avoid getting bogged down in detail, arguing that had played into Assad's hands in the first round of talks over Homs.The government blames the rebels.Amos said the truce had been extended for three days.
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