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 Syria conflict: Rebels agree to leave last Homs enclave
 Monday 13 March, 2017
Syria conflict: Rebels agree to leave last Homs enclave

Syrian rebel fighters have agreed to leave their last enclave in the city of Homs, government officials say.

Homs Governor Talal Barrazi said the evacuation of al-Wair was part of an existing deal with community leaders and would take six to eight weeks.

Opposition activists said the rebels would be allowed to depart with their families for rebel-held northern Syria.

Al-Wair, home to an estimated 75,000 people, has been under siege by government forces since late 2013.

Homs was dubbed the "capital of the revolution" after residents embraced the call to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad in 2011 and drove security forces out of much of the city the following year.

That prompted the government to begin a brutal two-year siege that left whole areas destroyed and eventually forced rebels to withdraw from the Old City in 2014.

Al-Wair, on the western outskirts, is the last rebel-held district.

In December 2015, community leaders agreed a five-stage truce with the government.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39255980

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