Russia-backed Deal Reached for Syrian Insurgents to Leave Homs

Opposition prepares to decamp from district of W. Syria

In Syria, deal struck to allow rebels to leave city of Homs

13 de marzo de 2017, 13:51Damascus, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) The governor of the Syrian province of Homs, Talal Barazi, announced today that an agreement was reached to complete a third phase of reconciliation in the Al Waer neighborhood in the provincial capital.

It follows other agreements that were never fully implemented between the government and rebel groups in al-Waer, their last bastion in Homs, which has been pounded by air strikes in recent weeks.

Analysts who follow Syria have predicted that as rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad suffer military reverses they will increasingly turn to guerrilla attacks in territory controlled by the government.

Al-Waer, home to some 75 000 people, has been under government siege since 2013.

Opposition-affiliated Orient News reported on Monday that negotiators from al- Waer had signed an agreement for rebel factions and their families to go to northern Syria.

He said fighters who decide to stay in Homs can benefit from a government amnesty issued earlier.

"People are happy that they will get rid of the siege, but sad because they will leave Homs", Talawy said. Estimates say as many as 12,000 civilians may evacuate with the fighters.

Those who leave will be taken to rebel-held areas in the countryside of Homs, the northwestern province of Idlib, and the town of Tel Abyad near the border with Turkey, according to the Syrian Observatory.

Syrian state TV reported that a government delegation has arrived in the Kazakh capital of Astana to take part in a meeting planned and sponsored by Russian Federation and Turkey.

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