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UN agency airlifts aid to Syria amid reports of Homs deal

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UN agency airlifts aid to Syria amid reports of Homs deal
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As the World Food Programme flies vital supplies from Iraq into war-torn Syria, a deal may finally have been reached to allow aid into the besieged city of Homs.

Destined for Qamishli in the northeast, these latest 10 flights mark the second such airlift by the United Nations agency to people who would otherwise be cut off from humanitarian assistance.

They are aimed at feeding nearly 30,000 displaced people for a month.

“The cargo we are sending to Qamishli is comprised of 380 tons of food,” said Ayad Naman of WFP Iraq.

“It’s mainly the basic items of wheat, flour, rice and the parcels contain eight items inside – salt, tomato paste, bulgur, lentils, vegetable oil and sugar.”

Russia’s Foreign Ministry says the Syrian government and rebels look to have reached agreement on humanitarian access to Homs.

According to reports on Syrian state media on Thursday, the Homs governor says a deal had been reached with the UN to evacuate civilians from the besieged old city.