Syrian civilians walk as they are evacuated during a humanitarian operation in the besieged Syrian city of Homs on February 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO / BASSEL TAWIL
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Syrian authorities have detained 336 men who left Homs and are still questioning most of them without direct supervision by any neutral third party, the United Nations said on Tuesday.The men, deemed to be of fighting age by the Syrian authorities, were among 1,151 who left the besieged rebel-held Old City of Homs during an agreed ceasefire that was extended for another three days, until Wednesday. Homs governor Talal al-Barazi said around 100 men had been questioned and released, but the United Nations has so far only reported the release of 41 men.The men have been questioned in a school, under the "general monitoring" of protection staff from the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR and the U.N. children's agency, UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told a briefing in Geneva. The United Nations says it does not know how many people are still in Old Homs, but some estimates suggest the area has about 2,500 residents -- a small percentage of the more than quarter of a million the U.N. estimates are trapped.
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