Syrian Ceasefire Crumbles as Aid Workers Injured

The violence could derail delivery of aid to starved civilians

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Syrians being helped by Syrian Red Crescent workers upon their arrival in regime-held areas of the Syrian city of Homs, on February 7,2014.

A ceasefire designed to bring relief to Syrian civilians trapped in the besieged city of Homs was broken Saturday, as state media reported four humanitarian aid workers were injured by gunfire between rebels and government forces.

Over eighty children, women and elderly people were evacuated as part of the ceasefire terms from the rebel-held city Friday, where 3,000 civilians have been living with little besides weeds and leaves to eat for many months, the BBC reports.

But deliveries of food and medical supplies were slowed by mortar fire early Saturday. It is unclear whether the violence is a temporary setback or puts the whole agreement in jeopardy. If aid is able to continue, more civilians will be evacuated from Homs, where almost daily bombardments have killed thousands and reduced entire neighborhoods to rubble.

Opposition groups and the government each accused the other of violating the ceasefire, which U.N. officials had hoped would be a milestone in the resolution of the bloody, three-year civil war.

[BBC]

31 comments
Patrick J Boily
Patrick J Boily

can't we just all get along..in the meantime lets just listen to some elevator music..

Loonley Hunter
Loonley Hunter

people in homs eating leaves with no food or water for months .....and their president still in his position ......i cannot believe that it is a matter of power ..i think he is one of the most worst dictators in the world .

Chris Erdmann
Chris Erdmann

gosh I really thought they could pull it together this time lmao

Harrison Joshua Cande
Harrison Joshua Cande

To figure out how to do these things is the mark of an impossibly genius mind.

Harrison Joshua Cande
Harrison Joshua Cande

I can compose symphonies, I win at life. I can write a Greek epic, my reality is the most valid.

Harrison Joshua Cande
Harrison Joshua Cande

Musical Coordinate Plane: Step 1: Consider the Music staff to be a grid. Step 2: Each letter can be represented by Binary. FGABCDE Example: Note (N): A Assigned Number (AN): 1 Accompanying Binary Number (ABN): 1 N = B AN = 2 ABN = 10 (N, AN, ABN): (A, 1, 1), (B, 2, 10), (C, 3, 11) (D, 4, 100), (E, 5, 101), (F, 6, 110), (G, 7, 111). After middle notes staff notations: One staff above ledger: X = Number of A-G series above or below staff. Notes in middle staff would just be "N". (N+X, AN, ABN). Ex: High A or the first A above ledger line A would be: (1+A, 8, 1000). The next A would be: (2+A, 15, 1111). Notes below Middle Staff: X = Number of A-G series above or below staff. (N-X, AN, ABN) The first A below middle A would be: (A-1, 7, 111). Symbols could translate this in programming. Note Duration (ND): (N+-X, AN, ABN, ND) 1 = 64th Note 2 = 32nd Note 3 = 16th Note 4 = Eighth Note 5 = Quarter Note. 6 = Half Note 7 = Whole Note Middle D, quarter note would be: (D, 4, 100, 5) Rests (R): (N+-X, AN, ABN, ND) + R 1 = 64th Rest 2 = 32nd Rest 3 = 16th Rest 4 = Eighth Rest 5 = Quarter Rest 6 = Half Rest 7 = Whole Rest Accidental (A): (N+-X, AN, ABN, ND, A) + R 0 = No accidental 1 = Sharp 2 = Flat Accompanying notes for chord (AC): (N+-X, AN, ABN, ND, A) + R (AC) (N+-X, AN, ABN, ND, A) + R Ex: High C, 16th Note, then quarter rest (C+1, 10, 1010, 3) + 5 This is the initial representation of a note and a rest. Equation for Arpeggio in middle ledger: (F, A, C, A, F, G, A): (F, 6, 110, 3,0) + 0 (A, 1, 1, 4,0) + 0 (C, 3, 11, 5,0) + 0 (A, 1, 1, 4,0) + 0 (F, 6, 110, 3,0) + 0 (G, 7, 111, 5,0) + 0 (A, 1, 1, 6,0) + 0 Extended: Clef (C): (C) 1 = Bass Clef 2 = Treble Clef Key (K) (C, K) 1 = A 2 = B 3 = C 4 = D 5 = E 6 = F 7 = G Instrument (I): (C, K, I) 1. Flute 2. Piccolo 3. Oboe 4. Clarinet 5. Bassoon 6. Saxophone 7. French Horn 8. Trumpet 9. Trombone 10. Tuba 11. Euphonium 12. Timpani 13. Snare Drum 14. Tenor Drum 15. Bass Drum 16. Cymbals 17. Tam-Tam 18. Wood Block 19. Tambourine 20. Glockenspiel 21. Xylophone 22. Marimba 23. Harp 24. Violin 25. Viola 26. Cello 27. Bass 28. Piano Chair (Ch): (C, K, I, Ch) 1 = 1st Chair 2 = 2nd Chair 3 = 3rd Chair 4 = 4th Chair 5 = 5th Chair Equation for Arpeggio in middle ledger, Bass Clef, Key of C, French Horn, 1st Chair: (F, A, C, A, F, G, A): (1, 3, 7, 1) (F, 6, 110, 3) + 0 (A, 1, 1, 4) + 0 (C, 3, 11, 5) + 0 (A, 1, 1, 4) (F, 6, 110, 3) + 0 (G, 7, 111, 5) + 0 (A, 1, 1, 6) + 0 Underlying chord (UC): (UC) Number of Notes (NN): (UC) (NN) Duration (D): (UC) (NN, D) Repetitions (RT): (UC) (NN, D, RT) General Form For A Symphony: (C, K, I, Ch, A) (N+-X, AN, ABN, ND, A) + R (AC) (UC) (NN, D, RT) (N+-X, AN, ABN, A) + R

Harrison Joshua Cande
Harrison Joshua Cande

Contrary to what people believe, the world is a better place than it has ever been. There are fewer diseases, deaths, and suffering than ever before. By the grace of God, I cannot imagine how people do not see this. The key to happiness is appreciating good things and realizing that bad things could be much worse.

Aaron Thiel
Aaron Thiel

Assad vs Muslim Brother Hood vs Al-Quida... What great options!!!

Aaron Thiel
Aaron Thiel

Assad vs Muslim Brother Hood vs Al-Quida... What great options!!!

Janice Epp
Janice Epp

Pray for peace. The poor children

Khalid Haider Zafar
Khalid Haider Zafar

The. One. Responsible. For. This. Should. Be. Removed. From. The. Power which. They. R. Misusing

Loonley Hunter
Loonley Hunter

shame on you Mr.Assad , you have to step down and let your people live in peace

Khalid Haider Zafar
Khalid Haider Zafar

The. One. Responsible. For. This. Should. Be. Removed. From. Power. Which. They. R. Misusing.

Hum Tum Vaibhav
Hum Tum Vaibhav

Please join Narendra Modi Hope , Modi next PM India 2014.

Harrison Joshua Cande
Harrison Joshua Cande

Russia's doing much better, this happened to them when the Soviet Union collapsed.

Harrison Joshua Cande
Harrison Joshua Cande

Defund the military. Sell equipment. That's the only hope for the American people.

Harrison Joshua Cande
Harrison Joshua Cande

The United States should stop funding wars. We are bankrupting ourself just like the Romans.

Jonathan Kinlaw
Jonathan Kinlaw

Allah bliss and protect them, the cia's latest war is an atrocity to humanity

Alexander Syrian
Alexander Syrian

We did not hear about such before the so-called revolution ...