DAMASCUS, Syria – The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):
A spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross says a humanitarian convoy has delivered aid to 12,000 families trapped in a government-besieged area north of the central Syrian city of Homs.
Pawel Krzysiek said Monday that a convoy of 13 ICRC trucks and 3 trucks from the Syrian Arab Crescent are delivering food, hygiene items, diapers, and school books to the besieged town of Talbiseh.
The town's population has doubled to 60,000 with the influx of displaced residents form other areas, according to the ICRC.
Pawell says the joint ICRC and SARC team will assess medical, water, and sewage infrastructure in Talbiseh and neighboring villages.
Syria's state news agency says the military has extended its cease-fire around Damascus and opposition strongholds in the eastern suburbs for another 48 hours.
The Monday report said that President Bashar Assad's army would extend the cessation of hostilities that was declared Friday around the capital and the coastal Latakia region, following two weeks of escalating violence around the country.
The truce excludes Aleppo, Syria's largest city and a major battleground between rebels and pro-government forces.
Russia's Tass news agency quoted Russian Lt. Gen. Sergei Kuralenko, head of the Russian coordination center in Syria, as saying that talks are continuing about a cease-fire for Aleppo. He says the Damascus area cease-fire was brokered by the Russia and the U.S., "in agreement with the Syrian leadership and the moderate opposition."