Hundreds evacuated from besieged city of Homs

BY Elisabeth Ponsot  February 9, 2014 at 4:25 PM EST
Civilians wait to be evacuated from the besieged district of the central Syrian city of Homs by United Nations (UN) staff to a safer location, on February 9, 2014. Aid teams evacuated hundreds of exhausted civilians from besieged districts of the city of Homs, as Syria's regime and rebels again accused each other of violating a truce. AFP PHOTO / BASSEL TAWIL (Photo credit should read BASSEL TAWIL/AFP/Getty Images)

Civilians wait to be evacuated from the central Syrian city of Homs on Feb. 9, 2014. Credit: Bassel Tawil/AFP/Getty Images)

Hundreds of civilians seeking to flee the besieged Syrian city of Homs were evacuated on Sunday.

Aid groups were also able to deliver much-needed food and medical supplies to the residents left behind in the stricken city.

In total, more than 600 were evacuated from Homs, but Al-Jazeera, citing the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said five were killed by mortar shells and two from gunfire.

The evacuation was part of a three-day ceasefire that began Friday between the government of President Bashar al-Assad and armed rebels.

Forces loyal to Assad have blockaded rebel-held parts of the city for over a year.