Start of evacuation of Syria's Homs districts

2014-05-07 12:05
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Beirut - Some 2 000 rebels and civilians were to begin leaving besieged opposition-held districts of Homs city in central Syria on Wednesday under a deal between fighters and the government.

Activists on the ground said two buses arrived in Homs early morning to begin the first of the evacuations.

Injured people who have been trapped in the Old City and surrounding areas for nearly two years under a tight government siege are to be the first to leave.

Under the deal negotiated with assistance of Iran's ambassador to Damascus, the group will be taken to an opposition-held area in the north of Homs province, according to a rebel negotiator.

Fighters will be allowed to withdraw with light weapons and one rocket launcher will be permitted on every bus used for the evacuation.

The deal will be guaranteed by the United Nations and Iran.

Siege

Homs governor Talal al-Barazi said on Wednesday that last-minute preparations were still being made but the operation "will take place today, God willing".

The deal was reached as part of an exchange for an unknown number of hostages being held by rebels in the northern city of Aleppo.

The district of Waer will remain under opposition control for now, but negotiations for a similar deal to that to be implemented in the Old City are already underway.

The Old City of Homs and surrounding rebel-held areas have been under a tight government siege for nearly two years.

Earlier this year, around 1 400 people were evacuated from the districts under a UN-Red Crescent operation.

But a group of fighters and civilians, including those with injuries who were unable to reach evacuation points, remained behind.

They faced increasingly tough conditions, with little food or medicine and the start of a government offensive to try to retake the areas.

More than 150 000 people have been killed in Syria since the beginning of the uprising in March 2011.

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