Syrian rebels leave Homs under truce

    Syrian rebels leave Homs under truce

    Dec 9, Idlib: Monitoring group and activists have said that Syrian rebels have begun evacuating the last district they hold in the city of Homs under a ceasefire deal reached with the government.

    According to the deal, the entire city returns to government control, in a boost for President Bashar al-Assad. Homs was once dubbed the capital of the revolution and saw some of the first protests of the 2011 uprising, news reports said.

    Buses arrived on Wednesday to transport fighters and their families out of the Homs suburb of al-Wair, activist network the Local Co-ordination Committees said.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that about 800 people, including rebel fighters and civilians, are due to departs throughout Wednesday.

    Fighters linked to al-Qaeda are among those due to leave, but moderate groups who have accepted the ceasefire are expected to remain.

    It is estimated that around 75,000 people still live in al-Wair, down from about 300,000 before the start of the Syrian crisis.

    As part of the deal, the Syrian authorities this week said they released 35 opposition fighters detained in Homs, news reports said.

    The Oslo Times


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