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Syrians demonstrate near Homs 370 (R).(Photo by: REUTERS/Shaam News Network)
Syrian army shells Homs after agreeing to truce
By REUTERS
06/21/2012
Assad, rebels agree to temporary ceasefire to allow aid access to wounded, but ICRC teams remain on standby as fighting rages.
BEIRUT - The Syrian army was shelling central districts of Homs on Thursday, residents said, after rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar Assad agreed to a temporary truce to allow aid access to the sick and wounded.

Teams from the International Committee of the Red Cross and its partner the Syrian Red Crescent were on standby. More than 10 days of heavy fighting has left hundreds of civilians stuck in the old city of Homs, unable to leave the battlefield, the ICRC said on Wednesday.

Waleed Faris, a resident of one of the neighborhoods the ICRC was trying to enter, said shelling was heaviest at dawn on Thursday but there were signs the violence may be subsiding.

"Early this morning there was heavy shelling. Now I can hear one or two mortars fall every half an hour. It is quiet today compared to the past few days," he said, adding that two people had died in his neighborhood of Khalidiya on Thursday.