83 people evacuated from besieged city of Homs in Syria: UN

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OCHAWFP in Homs, Syria

Eighty-three people have been evacuated from Old Homs City during a three-day humanitarian pause agreed between the parties to the conflict, the Secretary-General's Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq, confirmed on Friday.

According to media reports on the ground, the fighting has effectively stopped in Homs and civilians trapped in the rebel-held areas were being evacuated.

"I had been asked earlier today about whether civilians could leave the Old City of Homs in Syria. The United Nations can confirm that 83 people were evacuated from Old Homs City today, during a three-day humanitarian pause agreed between the parties to the conflict. The people – women, children and the elderly – were then delivered to places of their choice, escorted by United Nations and Syrian Arab Red Crescent staff."

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released a statement earlier "welcoming reports that an agreement had been reached that had allowed for an evacuation."

More than three million people in Syria are trapped in areas where heavy fighting continues or that are besieged by Government or Opposition forces, the agency said.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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