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Syria: Damascus ready to evacuate civilians from combat zones

The Syrian authorities are prepared to evacuate civilians from areas controlled by armed terrorist groups representing opposition to the regime, the agency Sana reported citing the Syrian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.

“Contacts were established with foreign observers and the Syrian authorities to evacuate the civilian population of the city of Homs. However, the efforts of UN observers have failed due to actions of armed terrorist groups”, said a representative of Syrian diplomacy.

The country’s authorities say they are “amenable to evacuate civilians from areas occupied by the insurgents without preconditions”.

June 18, the head of the mission of UN observers in Syria, General Robert Mood, has required the parties to the conflict to allow evacuation of civilians from Homs and other areas affected by fighting.

Several attacks against civilians have been recently perpetrated in Syria. End of May, more than one hundred people, including 32 children, were killed in shelling on the town of Hula. In early June, a hundred people, including almost 20 women and nearly 20 children, were killed in the Hama region (center).

Since mid-March 2011, Syria is facing a wave of opposition to the regime of Bashar al-Assad. According to the UN, clashes have claimed at least 12,000 civilian casualties and the military. A cease-fire was declared in the country last April, under the peace plan formulated by the UN envoy and the Arab League Kofi Annan. However, the conflicting parties, ongoing reports of new clashes and casualties.

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