Syrian aid agency trying to extend truce in Homs

February 10, 2014
In this photo provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrian men help survivors out of a destroyed building after a Syrian forces warplane's attack in Aleppo, Syria, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. Syrian military aircraft dropped barrels bombs on rebel-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo on Saturday. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

BEIRUT (AP) — An official with the Syrian Red Crescent says the aid agency is trying to get the cease-fire in Homs extended to deliver more aid and evacuate more people from the besieged city.

Khaled Erksoussi, the head of operations at SRC, says there are 200 families, mostly Christians, who want to leave two rebel-held districts in central Homs.

Erksoussi told The Associated Press over the telephone from Damascus that those people were unable to reach the designated exit point from the city during the three-day cease-fire that expired early on Monday.

He says 690 people have been evacuated from Homs since Friday.

Erksoussi says the U.N. is talking to the government and the rebels about extending the cease-fire.