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Syria: Deal Struck to Evacuate Civilians from Besieged City

Image: A man looks for herbs to eat with his family in the heavily damaged neighborhood of Juret al-Shiyah, Homs.
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. AFP - Getty Images

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.