A Free Syrian Army fighter carries his weapons as he stands along a street in the besieged area of Homs January 27, 2014.REUTERS/Thaer Al Khalidiya
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A United Nations official is negotiating with rebel fighters in besieged neighborhoods of a central Syrian city to allow the evacuation of civilians, the provincial governor and an activist said Tuesday.The comments come two days after a tentative agreement was reached at peace talks in Geneva between the Syrian government and its opponents for the evacuation of women and children trapped in Homs before aid convoys enter.The old city of Homs has been under siege for nearly two years.Homs, Syria's third-largest city, has been one of the hardest hit areas since the country's crisis began in March 2011 .Barrazi said Syrian authorities have asked the International Committee of the Red Cross to help in evacuating Father Francis Van Der Lugt from a monastery in Bustan al-Diwan in Homs.
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