Rebels Leave Al-Waer Under Government Evacuation Deal

Rebel fighters and their families began leaving al-Waer, their last bastion in the city of Homs, on Saturday, March 18, as part of a deal that the Syrian government claims will help end fighting in the area.

The agreement, reached on Monday, March 13, came after a month of escalated shelling of the neighborhood by pro-regime forces, according to a UK-based war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). It followed earlier evacuation deals between rebels and government forces that were not fully implemented.

The opposition Homs Media Center (HMC), which shared the footage here, said 2,000 people were leaving for the rebel-held area of Jarabulus in Aleppo on Saturday. Reuters cited HMC as saying between 10,000 and 15,000 people would leave al-Waer over the coming weeks.

Homs Governor Talal al-Barazi said the evacuation process was being overseen by Syrian and Russian forces, as well as the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, according to the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency. Credit: Homs Media Center via Storyful