Syria conflict: Rebels evacuated from Old City of Homs

Posted: May 7, 2014 in News

According to BBC,

Hundreds of rebels have been evacuated from their last stronghold in the central Syrian city of Homs.

Two convoys of buses have so far left the Old City and taken fighters to rebel-held territory to the north.

The withdrawal is part of a UN-brokered deal that will also see rebels release dozens of captives and ease two sieges.

It marks the end of three years of resistance in the central city, once dubbed the “capital of the revolution” against President Bashar al-Assad.

Much of Homs fell to the opposition in 2011, but over the past two years government forces have gradually regained control by subjecting areas once home to tens of thousands to continuous siege and bombardment.

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