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Signs of relief in Damascus, Syria

Source: Reuters - Sat, 1 Feb 2014 23:14 PM
Author: Reuters
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Relief in Damascus as aid agencies evacuate hundreds of people from the rebel-held suburb of Yarmouk.

It's a a rare moment of coordination between the government and rebel forces.

Granting relief groups access to an estimated quarter of a million people trapped by the war Syria was one of the goals of the peace talks held last week in Switzerland.

The UN says at least 15 people have died from malnutrition in Yarmouk, originally a Palestinian refugee camp. It is now home to 18,000 Palestinians, as well as some Syrians.

Opposition activists say the government is using hunger as a weapon of war. But Damascus accuses rebels of firing on aid convoys and says it fears aid supplies will go to armed groups.

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