Rebels leave last opposition district in Syria's Homs

Rebels leave last opposition district in Syria's Homs

The last buses carrying rebel fighters and their families left a besieged district of Syria's Homs on Sunday, completing a deal to bring the whole city back under government control for the first time since the start of the war, Reuters reports.

Several hundred fighters left on Saturday and Sunday in the final phase of the evacuation of insurgents from al-Waer, long besieged by government forces and the last opposition-held neighbourhood in Homs, an early centre of the Syrian uprising.

In what the government calls reconciliation deals, thousands of opposition fighters and their families have left a number of areas in western Syria in recent months, bringing President Bashar al-Assad's government back in control of the country's main urban centres.

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