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Shaky Ceasefire In Syrian City Of Homs Highlights Difficulties Delivering Aid

The U.N. News Centre and New York Times report on the humanitarian situation and three-day ceasefire in the Syrian city of Homs.

U.N. News Centre: U.N. humanitarian chief urges safe passage for aid delivery to Syrians in need
“A top United Nations official said she is deeply disappointed that a three-day humanitarian pause agreed between the parties to the Syrian conflict was broken on Saturday and aid workers were deliberately targeted as they tried to deliver food and medicine to Homs…” (2/9).

U.N. News Centre: Syria: first civilians evacuated from Homs after nearly two-year siege, U.N. reports
“As the first of 2,500 Syrians trapped by war in the Old City of Homs without aid for nearly two years were evacuated today under a three-day accord allowing people out and aid in, the United Nations called for immediate access to nearly 1.6 million others throughout the country who have been without regular food or medical supplies for many months…” (2/7).

New York Times: Break in Siege Is Little Relief to Syrian City
“A three-day humanitarian ceasefire in the Syrian city of Homs was supposed to be a small breakthrough, a moment of relief for civilians trapped in a grim civil war. But mortar rounds and gunfire struck near aid convoys, damaging vehicles and leaving victims lying in the streets…” (Hubbard, 2/9).