Syria rebels to withdraw from besieged Homs


An FSA righter in Homs, central Syria. File photo: AL

ARA News

Damascus, Syria– On Wednesday, Syrian rebels began withdrawing from the besieged areas of Homs city as part of a deal with the Syrian government −reached two days ago.

The two-year siege and the continuous military operations carried out by Syrian regime forces on Homs city are supposed, according to this deal, to end with the withdrawal of the anti-regime rebels.

Omar Suleiman, a media activist based in Homs city, told ARA News that the first batch of militants began leaving the besieged neighbourhoods of the old city of Homs in the direction of the northern countryside of the city, specifically to the town of al-Dar al-Kabeer.

“Expectedly, the armed opposition fighters will complete their withdrawal and the regime forces are supposed to provide a safe exit for the rebels in the direction of the northern countryside of Homs. According to the deal, government armed forces will enter the rebel-held neighbourhoods, leaving only al-Wa’ir neighbourhood under the control of the armed opposition groups,” Suleiman said.

Noteworthy, the city of Homs has been under a tight siege by the regime military forces for nearly two years, which led to the emigration of most of its residents to Lebanon and Turkey, while others headed to cities and towns in the countryside of Homs due to the difficult humanitarian conditions. On many occasions, UN reports described the siege of Homs “devastation”.

Reporting by: Jewad al-Ali

Source: ARA News

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