Meanwhile, hundreds of Syrians held hostage in Homs have finally been able to evacuate the rebel-held city. This as confidence-building measures arising from the Geneva II talks, which have resumed today, bear limited fruit. UN aid convoys approaching Homs have come under fire, however.
Civilians in rebel-held towns are in particularly dire situations, as food is in short supply. In other towns occupied or attacked by rebels it is reported that the al-Qaeda policy of "convert, flee, or die" has claimed hundreds of lives, with dozens in cities like Adra have reportedly been burned alive in bakery ovens.