Syria relief efforts intensify even as peace talks falter

A truck from the Red Crescent and International Committee of the Red Cross carrying international aid arrives in the rebel held village of Teir Maalah, on the northern outskirts of Homs, on April 21, 2016Aid groups launched their largest humanitarian delivery yet in war-torn Syria on Thursday after the UN evacuated hundreds of besieged residents, intensifying relief efforts even as peace talks falter. The two operations were a rare sign of humanitarian progress in Syria, where the brutal five-year war has left 270,000 dead as a partial ceasefire hangs by a thread. The dire humanitarian situation had even stalled UN-backed peace talks in Geneva, with the opposition walking away in frustration at sieges and attacks on civilians.

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