Humanitarian pause for Syria's Homs extended for 3 days -UN

by Reuters
Monday, 10 February 2014 17:28 GMT

A boy sits at the back of a pick-up truck loaded with belongings as he flees with his family the violence in Aleppo's al-Jazmati district February 10, 2014. REUTERS/Hosam Katan

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UNITED NATIONS, Feb 10 (Reuters) - U.N. humanitarian affairs chief Valerie Amos on Monday welcomed agreement by the Syrian government and opposition to extend a humanitarian pause for a besieged rebel-held district of Homs after aid workers came under fire there over the weekend.

"I welcome the news that the parties to the conflict have agreed to extend the humanitarian pause in Old Homs City, for a further three days," Amos said in a statement. She added that "U.N. and Syrian Arab Red Crescent aid workers were deliberately targeted" over the weekend while trying to help people in Homs.

"I hope this (extension) will allow us to evacuate yet more civilians and deliver much needed additional supplies," she said.

(Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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