As Syrian government and opposition delegates began a fresh round of U.N.-brokered peace talks Monday in Geneva with the aim of ending the civil war in Syria, a fresh wave of attacks struck the rebel-held district of Homs.
Hundreds of elderly men, women and children evacuated the area.
The conflict between the rebel fighters and government forces has claimed over 136,000 lives in Syria since March 2011.
In this latest video obtained by Reuters, shelling disrupted the efforts of the UN and Red Crescent teams who were helping civilians evacuate the area.
The attack comes only a day after a Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) aid convoy was attacked by mortar shelling and shots were fired at its trucks, wounding one of its drivers.
While the first round of the so-called peace talks (January 22- 31) between the Syrian government and opposition delegates ended in trading insults with no firm agreement, here’s how the events back at home unfolded.
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An activist helps an injured man after a United Nations convoy trying to reach a besieged rebel district of the Syrian city of Homs came under fire – Reuters
People react near bodies of victims who died, after what activists said was shelling during an evacuation in the besieged area of Homs – Reuters
A girl cries near a damaged car at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by government forces in Aleppo's Dahret Awwad neighborhood – Reuters
Civilians carry their belongings as they walk towards a meeting point to be evacuated from Homs – Reuters
People run during shelling as people are being evacuated with the help of Syrian Red Crescent and United Nations personnel from a besieged area of Homs – Reuters
A boy cries at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by government forces in the Al-Ansari neighborhood of Aleppo – Reuters