Saturday 20 January 2018

Opposition fighters' evacuation continues in Homs

Several evacuations have taken place from the al-Waer area (AP)
Several evacuations have taken place from the al-Waer area (AP)

Scores of opposition fighters and their families have left the central Syrian city of Homs after being evacuated from the last rebel-held neighbourhood, state TV has reported.

Around 350 people boarded 22 buses which later travelled to the country's north in the third evacuation from al-Waer district in two weeks.

Unlike the previous two evacuations in which the fighters and their families headed to the town of Jarblous on the border with Turkey, Saturday's evacuees headed toward the rebel-held province of Idlib.

The evacuation is part of an agreement to surrender al-Waer to the government and will last weeks.

Opposition activists have criticised the agreement, saying it aims to displace 12,000 al-Waer residents, including 2,500 fighters. The government has rejected those allegations.

Press Association

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editors Choice

Also in World News