Syrian rebels ‘leave Homs’ under truce

Syrian rebels have begun evacuating from the last area they hold in the city of Homs under a ceasefire deal reached with the government, a monitoring group has said, the BBC reports.

The deal means the entire city returns to government control.

Those leaving are due go to areas of Idlib province still in rebel hands.

Homs, in central Syria, was once dubbed the “capital of the revolution” and saw some of the first protests against President Bashar al-Assad, in 2011.

The first bus has left the rebel-held area of Waer in Homs, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Under the UN-backed ceasefire, food aid has reached the neighbourhood for the first time in nearly a year.

In some areas, the government has allowed some groups to keep their weapons and a measure control over their own communities.

Anti-government protests erupted in Homs, Syria’s third city, in 2011.

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