A man assists an elderly lady to walks amid garbage during the evacuation of civilians from besieged parts of the Syrian city of Homs on February 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO / STR
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A group of 38 male evacuees from besieged parts of the Syrian city of Homs were released Friday after investigation, leaving almost 200 others still being held, the provincial governor said.The United Nations said earlier this week that some 380 male evacuees were still being held in processing centres, though it said some had been cleared for release but not yet left.Beginning February 7, the United Nations and Red Crescent evacuated some 1,400 people trapped in besieged parts of Homs for more than 18 months as the Syrian regime battles rebels across the country.The UN has said it is focusing on the processing of male evacuees before any additional evacuation or aid distribution operations resume.
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