For the first time, blockaded Al-Waer residents call on UN for help





west Homs provinceAugust 26, 2015http://syriadirect.org/news/syria-direct-news-update-8-26-15/An aid caravan entered the last rebel-held neighborhood in Homs city Tuesday alongside a visiting delegation from the United Nations, which was called in for the first time by Al-Waer residents to assist with stalled negotiations between local rebels and the regime. During the visit, the UN envoys met with civilians to investigate ways of getting food and medicine into Al-Waer given the regime’s total blockade of the district, as well as the major sticking points in negotiations with the regime, reportedpro-opposition All4Syria Wednesday. Civilians are being squeezed in Al-Waer, says a journalist who lives there, “because nothing enters without the regime’s agreement.” The sporadic food trucks that get through are hardly enough for Al-Waer’s remaining population of approximately 90,000 people, Jalal a-Talawi, a citizen journalist and photographer, told Syria Direct Wednesday from Al-Waer. The food though will “only last a few days,” said a-Talawi. With the exception of Al-Waer, the regime has completely controlled the provincial capital since mid-2014, when a UN-brokered truce escorted the last of the armed rebels out of the city. The regime has imposed a complete encirclement of the rebel-controlled Al-Waer neighborhood in western Homs city for nearly two years, where the majority of the population is now internally displaced Syrians from other regime-held neighborhoods.
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An aid caravan entered the last rebel-held neighborhood in Homs city Tuesday alongside a visiting delegation from the United Nations, which was called in for the first time by Al-Waer residents to assist with stalled negotiations between local rebels and the regime. During the visit, the UN envoys met with civilians to investigate ways of getting food and medicine into Al-Waer given the regime’s total blockade of the district, as well as the major sticking points in negotiations with the regime, reportedpro-opposition All4Syria Wednesday. Civilians are being squeezed in Al-Waer, says a journalist who lives there, “because nothing enters without the regime’s agreement.” The sporadic food trucks that get through are hardly enough for Al-Waer’s remaining population of approximately 90,000 people, Jalal a-Talawi, a citizen journalist and photographer, told Syria Direct Wednesday from Al-Waer. The food though will “only last a few days,” said a-Talawi. With the exception of Al-Waer, the regime has completely controlled the provincial capital since mid-2014, when a UN-brokered truce escorted the last of the armed rebels out of the city. The regime has imposed a complete encirclement of the rebel-controlled Al-Waer neighborhood in western Homs city for nearly two years, where the majority of the population is now internally displaced Syrians from other regime-held neighborhoods.