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A man looks for herbs to eat with his family in the heavily damaged neighborhood of Juret al-Shiyah, which is allegedly exposed to the fire of government forces' snipers, in the central Syrian city of Homs on Saturday.
An agreement has been reached for aid to be delivered to the besieged Syrian city of Homs and an evacuation of civilians to begin, according to reports Thursday.
Syrian TV quoted Homs Governor Talal Barrazi as saying the evacuation would take place "very soon," the Associated Press reported. The military has been attacking parts of Homs since June 2012.
Russia, a close ally of President Bashar Assad's government, earlier said an agreement had been reached to allow trucks loaded with humanitarian aid to reach civilians there.
The United Nations welcomed the agreement, and said it would deliver much-needed aid soon as the "green light was given by the parties for safe passage."
The plan to help civilians trapped in Homs emerged during U.N.-brokered peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition in Geneva in January, but soon stalled, leaving a convoy of trucks packed with food waiting on the outskirts of the city.
Meanwhile, reports have emerged of Syrian civilians resorting to eating wild plants to stave off starvation.
Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
First published February 6 2014, 7:32 AM
F. Brinley Bruton
F. Brinley Bruton is an editor and senior writer at NBCNews.com in London. Bruton reports, writes, edits and acts as the main point-person in London, commissioning and editing work by NBC News colleagues around the world. She started this role in May of 2007.
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At NBCNews.com and previously msnbc.com, she documented the economic crisisâ€™s deep impact on Spanish society. Bruton has also covered Turkeyâ€™s powerful Islamist government, and the struggle by young Muslim women to be accepted in mainstream society. She has also broken news on the booming North American methamphetamine trade.
Bruton joined NBCNews.com after working as a journalism trainer and mentor at Afghanistanâ€™s Pajhwok Afghan News. While in Afghanistan, she traveled to Farah Province â€“ off-limits to most Westerners â€“ to interview a female activist who became a hero after criticizing U.S.-backed militia leaders for the U.K.'s New Statesman magazine.
Bruton was also a reporter with Reuters in London and New York from 2000 to 2004. In New York, she broke stories about subprime and predatory lending at leading lenders like Citigroup and Countrywide. In London, she wrote about the rush to cash-in on reconstruction contracts after the invasion of Iraq.
Prior to her work at Reuters, Bruton worked at the Mexico City News where she covered, among other things, unionization efforts by the cityâ€™s sex workers.
Bruton lives in London, U.K.