Aid convoys enter rebel-held district in central Syria
Damascus - XINHUA
Twelve truckloads of relief aid were delivered into a rebel-held district of Syria's central province of Homs on Tuesday, a monitoring group reported.
The relief aid was delivered by the Syrian Red Crescent and the International Committee of the Red Cross into the besieged district of al-Waer, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The UK-based watchdog group said the government forces refused to allow the entry of the aid supplies into the district a day earlier, but the convoy was granted access on Tuesday.
The delivery came just one day after the UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, visited the city of Homs, and held meetings with the city's governor Talal Barazi and a delegation of the opposition fighters who are entrenched in al-Waer, the last rebel-held district in the city of Homs.
According to sources familiar with the situation, the Syrian authorities have been engaged in months-long negotiations with the rebels inside al-Waer to achieve what the government calls " national reconciliation," akin to what had happened in other rebel- held districts of Homs, where the rebels and the government agreed on a reconciliation allowing the armed rebels to leave the residential areas and others to lay down their weapons and return to their normal lives.
The government has been boasting the example of Homs reconciliations to be implemented in other Syrian cities, mainly the northern province of Aleppo, which has recently emerged as the center of attention of the international efforts to restart political efforts for Syria's prolonged crisis.