Deal reached over last Syria rebel exit from Homs city

A woman walks through a devastated part of Homs, Syria.

A woman walks through a devastated part of Homs, Syria.

A deal has been reached for the evacuation of Syrian opposition fighters from the last district under their control in the central city of Homs, the provincial governor told AFP Tuesday.

“We will implement the agreed deal in stages, with 200-300 armed men leaving in the first stage… starting on Saturday,” Talal Barazi said.

On Monday, Barazi told AFP that negotiations are underway between the Syrian regime and rebels for the evacuation of opposition forces from the last area they hold in Homs city.

Waer is the only part of the city, which is the capital of Homs province, that remains in the hands of the rebels after opposition forces were evacuated from the Old City in May 2014.

Their withdrawal came after a government siege of two years and daily shelling and combat that devastated the Old City of what was once dubbed “the capital of the revolution.”

The deal that led to the rebel withdrawal was overseen by the United Nations.


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