Syria: Over 600 evacuated from blockaded Homs

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BEIRUT (AP) -- The governor of the central Syrian city of Homs says that over 600 people have been evacuated from rebel-held parts of the city, in a rare cease-fire with rebels.

Governor Talal Barrazi gave the final number of evacuees on Sunday evening after aid workers finished their work for the day.

The evacuation is part of a three-day truce that began Friday between the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad and armed rebels to allow hundreds of women, children and elderly men to leave opposition-held parts of Homs, and to permit the entry of food. Forces loyal to Assad have blockaded rebel-held parts of Homs for over a year, causing widespread hunger and suffering among residents. The United Nations mediated the truce.

Earlier Sunday, gunmen opened fire on civilians waiting to be evacuated.

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