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article imageTemporary 'truce' agreed to help Syrian civilians evacuate Homs

By Paul Iddon     Jun 20, 2012 in Politics
The Red Cross has stated that the Syrian government and the rebel opposition have agreed to a temporary truce in order to allow the evacuation of civilians from the besieged city of Homs.
This recent development in Syria (which have been reported by Al Jazeera, BBC News and Reuters India respectively) is seeing the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRG) preparing teams to enter the most badly affected and most dangerous and volatile parts of the city.
Homs has been the central flashpoint zone and site of recurring and brutal clashes between the Syrian government and oppositional elements. These clashes have seen scores of civilians killed in the crossfire.
This news comes amidst reports that rebels have killed at least 20 Syrian soldiers in the province of Latakia near the Turkish border. The Syrian government has stated that it had taken control of Haffa, a mountain town in the province, adding that it has been "purged of terrorists."
The ICRG has been given promises from the opposing sides for a two-hour pause in fighting for their teams to evacuate trapped civilians. However at present it is unclear whether or not they have been allowed to enter and if the shelling and gunfire has temporary ceased so they can do so.
These developments in the Syrian crisis comes shortly after the United Nations observer mission in Syria has been suspended after convoys were shot at and attacked by angry crowds on ten occasions. The leader of this mission Major General Robert Mood has stated the suspension of the UN mission shouldn't be interpreted as a signal that they are intending to pack up and leave.
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