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A rush to evacuate as truce extended

Three more days of cease-fire called

  • In this photo taken on Sunday Feb. 9, 2014, and released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian Arab Red Crescent members in red uniforms help evacuate an injured man on a bus out of the battleground city of Homs, Syria. A Syrian Red Crescent official says around 300 more people were evacuated Monday from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods of Syria's third-largest city, Homs. (AP Photo/SANA)

    In this photo taken on Sunday Feb. 9, 2014, and released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian Arab Red Crescent members in red uniforms help evacuate an injured man on a bus out of the battleground city of Homs, Syria. A Syrian Red Crescent official says around 300 more people were evacuated Monday from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods of Syria's third-largest city, Homs. (AP Photo/SANA)

  • Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, center, waits with an aid to brief journalists at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Switzerland, Monday, Feb 10, 2014. Syrian government and opposition delegates began a fresh round of U.N.-brokered peace talks Monday, but prospects for common ground appeared unlikely as the two sides traded accusations over weekend violence that disrupted food distribution meant to ease the plight of civilians. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

    Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, center, waits with an aid to brief journalists at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Switzerland, Monday, Feb 10, 2014. Syrian government and opposition delegates began a fresh round of U.N.-brokered peace talks Monday, but prospects for common ground appeared unlikely as the two sides traded accusations over weekend violence that disrupted food distribution meant to ease the plight of civilians. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • In this photo taken on Sunday Feb. 9, 2014, and released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian Arab Red Crescent members in red uniforms play with children as they wait to get on a bus to evacuate the battleground city of Homs, Syria. A Syrian Red Crescent official says around 300 more people were evacuated Monday from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods of Syria's third-largest city, Homs. (AP Photo/SANA)

    In this photo taken on Sunday Feb. 9, 2014, and released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian Arab Red Crescent members in red uniforms play with children as they wait to get on a bus to evacuate the battleground city of Homs, Syria. A Syrian Red Crescent official says around 300 more people were evacuated Monday from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods of Syria's third-largest city, Homs. (AP Photo/SANA)

  • Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, center right, briefs with an aid journalists at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Switzerland, Monday, Feb 10, 2014. Syrian government and opposition delegates began a fresh round of U.N.-brokered peace talks Monday, but prospects for common ground appeared unlikely as the two sides traded accusations over weekend violence that disrupted food distribution meant to ease the plight of civilians. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

    Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, center right, briefs with an aid journalists at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Switzerland, Monday, Feb 10, 2014. Syrian government and opposition delegates began a fresh round of U.N.-brokered peace talks Monday, but prospects for common ground appeared unlikely as the two sides traded accusations over weekend violence that disrupted food distribution meant to ease the plight of civilians. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Men sitting on a bus pose for a photograph as they evacuate the battleground city of Homs, Syria, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Children, elderly women on wheelchairs and other civilians were evacuated Friday from besieged neighborhoods of Syria's battleground city of Homs under a deal struck between the government and the opposition that also included a three-day cease-fire allowing aid convoys to enter. (AP Photo)

    Men sitting on a bus pose for a photograph as they evacuate the battleground city of Homs, Syria, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Children, elderly women on wheelchairs and other civilians were evacuated Friday from besieged neighborhoods of Syria's battleground city of Homs under a deal struck between the government and the opposition that also included a three-day cease-fire allowing aid convoys to enter. (AP Photo)

  • Some Syrian people on two buses followed by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent's vehicles evacuate Syria's battleground city of Homs, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Children, elderly women on wheelchairs and other civilians were evacuated Friday from besieged neighborhoods of Syria's battleground city of Homs under a deal struck between the government and the opposition that also included a three-day cease-fire allowing aid convoys to enter. (AP Photo)

    Some Syrian people on two buses followed by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent's vehicles evacuate Syria's battleground city of Homs, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Children, elderly women on wheelchairs and other civilians were evacuated Friday from besieged neighborhoods of Syria's battleground city of Homs under a deal struck between the government and the opposition that also included a three-day cease-fire allowing aid convoys to enter. (AP Photo)

  • In this photo taken on Sunday Feb. 9, 2014, and released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian citizens walk towards a bus to evacuate the battleground city of Homs, Syria. A Syrian Red Crescent official says around 300 more people were evacuated Monday from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods of Syria's third-largest city, Homs. (AP Photo/SANA)

    In this photo taken on Sunday Feb. 9, 2014, and released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian citizens walk towards a bus to evacuate the battleground city of Homs, Syria. A Syrian Red Crescent official says around 300 more people were evacuated Monday from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods of Syria's third-largest city, Homs. (AP Photo/SANA)

  • In this photo taken on Sunday Feb. 9, 2014, and released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian Arab Red Crescent members in red uniforms carry men injured from shelling into ambulances to evacuate them from the battleground city of Homs, Syria. A Syrian Red Crescent official says around 300 more people were evacuated Monday from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods of Syria's third-largest city, Homs. (AP Photo/SANA)

    In this photo taken on Sunday Feb. 9, 2014, and released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian Arab Red Crescent members in red uniforms carry men injured from shelling into ambulances to evacuate them from the battleground city of Homs, Syria. A Syrian Red Crescent official says around 300 more people were evacuated Monday from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods of Syria's third-largest city, Homs. (AP Photo/SANA)

  • In this photo taken on Sunday Feb. 9, 2014, and released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian Arab Red Crescent members in red uniforms help evacuate an injured man on a bus out of the battleground city of Homs, Syria. A Syrian Red Crescent official says around 300 more people were evacuated Monday from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods of Syria's third-largest city, Homs. (AP Photo/SANA)
  • Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, center, waits with an aid to brief journalists at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Switzerland, Monday, Feb 10, 2014. Syrian government and opposition delegates began a fresh round of U.N.-brokered peace talks Monday, but prospects for common ground appeared unlikely as the two sides traded accusations over weekend violence that disrupted food distribution meant to ease the plight of civilians. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
  • In this photo taken on Sunday Feb. 9, 2014, and released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian Arab Red Crescent members in red uniforms play with children as they wait to get on a bus to evacuate the battleground city of Homs, Syria. A Syrian Red Crescent official says around 300 more people were evacuated Monday from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods of Syria's third-largest city, Homs. (AP Photo/SANA)
  • Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, center right, briefs with an aid journalists at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Switzerland, Monday, Feb 10, 2014. Syrian government and opposition delegates began a fresh round of U.N.-brokered peace talks Monday, but prospects for common ground appeared unlikely as the two sides traded accusations over weekend violence that disrupted food distribution meant to ease the plight of civilians. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
  • Men sitting on a bus pose for a photograph as they evacuate the battleground city of Homs, Syria, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Children, elderly women on wheelchairs and other civilians were evacuated Friday from besieged neighborhoods of Syria's battleground city of Homs under a deal struck between the government and the opposition that also included a three-day cease-fire allowing aid convoys to enter. (AP Photo)
  • Some Syrian people on two buses followed by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent's vehicles evacuate Syria's battleground city of Homs, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Children, elderly women on wheelchairs and other civilians were evacuated Friday from besieged neighborhoods of Syria's battleground city of Homs under a deal struck between the government and the opposition that also included a three-day cease-fire allowing aid convoys to enter. (AP Photo)
  • In this photo taken on Sunday Feb. 9, 2014, and released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian citizens walk towards a bus to evacuate the battleground city of Homs, Syria. A Syrian Red Crescent official says around 300 more people were evacuated Monday from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods of Syria's third-largest city, Homs. (AP Photo/SANA)
  • In this photo taken on Sunday Feb. 9, 2014, and released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian Arab Red Crescent members in red uniforms carry men injured from shelling into ambulances to evacuate them from the battleground city of Homs, Syria. A Syrian Red Crescent official says around 300 more people were evacuated Monday from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods of Syria's third-largest city, Homs. (AP Photo/SANA)

Aid officials rushed to evacuate more women, children and elderly from rebel-held areas that have been blockaded by government troops for more than a year in Syria’s third-largest city, Homs, after a U.N.-brokered cease-fire in the city was renewed for three more days yesterday.

The truce, which began Friday, has been shaken by continued shelling and shooting that prevented some residents from escaping and limited the amount of food aid officials have been able to deliver into the besieged neighborhoods.

U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos sharply criticized the two sides, saying U.N. and Syrian Red Crescent workers were “deliberately targeted.”

The drama in Homs, where Amos said about 800 civilians have been evacuated so far, played out as activists yesterday, reported new sectarian killings in Syria’s civil war.

Al-Qaida-inspired rebels killed more than two dozen civilians, including an entire family, when they overran a village populated by minority Alawites on Sunday, Rami Abdurrahman of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. They also killed about 20 local fighters in the village, he said.

The violence further rattled peace talks that entered their second round yesterday in Geneva.

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