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More than 1,130 people evacuated from Syria's old Homs

English.news.cn   2014-02-12 06:15:49

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- More than 1,130 people have been evacuated from Syria's old city of Homs, since the agreed " humanitarian pause" for the long besieged city started four days ago, a UN spokesperson said on Tuesday.

According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), more than 1,130 people have so far been evacuated from Homs old city, all reporting starvation conditions, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky said at a daily news briefing.

The humanitarian pause, agreed upon between Damascus and the UN, allows children and the elderly out and aid into the old city of Homs, where 2,500 Syrians have been trapped without succor for nearly two years.

The truce, which is the first of its kind, had barely begun with the evacuation of 83 people on Friday when sniper and other fire temporarily interrupted the process.

Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Syria, who is in Homs, said about 500 children have come out of the old city, looking "terrified, frail and emaciated. In general, there are issues of malnutrition and also a need for vaccination for children," the spokesman noted.

Before the operation started, Abdel-Jelil said, UNICEF estimated more than 1,000 children being trapped in old Homs. He called for ready access to the children and civilians to provide them with humanitarian assistance, Nesirky said.

The humanitarian teams continue to be on the ground, monitoring conditions, and working with interlocutors to see how this humanitarian pause can move into a more sustained way of delivering aid and evacuating people who want to leave, Nesirky said, noting that food supplies were delivered for 2,500 people.

Noting that this is not a one-off, the spokesman highlighted the need for sustained aid delivery for old Homs and all the besieged areas where 250,000 people are living, and for all those in need across Syria.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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