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Syrian aid workers evacuate 11 more from Homs

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 | 5:03 a.m.

BEIRUT (AP) — An official with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent says aid workers have evacuated more people, mostly Christians, from the besieged central city of Homs.

Khaled Erksoussi, head of operations for the Red Crescent, said Thursday that 11 people left the day before from rebel-held districts in Old Homs that have been under government blockade for more than a year. Government and rebel fighters are battling for control of Homs, Syria's third largest city.

Erksoussi said in a telephone interview from Damascus that the 11 walked to the government-approved exit from the city. They were met by a Red Crescent team who gave them a medical checkup, then offered food and transportation to safety.

More than 1,000 people have been evacuated from Homs since a humanitarian truce went into effect on Feb.7.