A general view shows damaged buildings in the besieged area of Homs
Yazan Homsy  /  REUTERS
A general view shows damaged buildings in the besieged area of Homs February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Yazan Homsy
updated 2/6/2014 8:20:03 AM ET 2014-02-06T13:20:03

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The governor of Homs said a deal was reached with the United Nations on Thursday to evacuate civilians from the besieged old city, where forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are surrounding rebel-held areas, Syrian state media reported.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said earlier on Thursday that an agreement to allow in humanitarian aid was also under discussion.

(Reporting by Erika Solomon; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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