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Syrian rebels begin to leave besieged Homs district

Syrian rebels begin to leave besieged Homs district

For the rebels, losing their last stronghold in Homs is a major blow, following the huge defeat they suffered when government forces recaptured the entire city of Aleppo in December previous year, after the rebels' evacuation from the eastern part of the key city in northern Syria.

Syrian state TV and an opposition monitoring group are reporting that the final batch of opposition fighters and their families are leaving a besieged neighborhood in the central city of Homs.

The al-Waer deal, backed by Syria's ally Russian Federation, began to be implemented in March.

A twin explosion, believed to be caused by a suicide attack, in Syria's rebel-controlled Idlib province Sunday killed at least 14 members of a powerful ultraconservative insurgent group, Syria opposition activists said.

Some will stay in al-Waer and hand over their weapons as Syria's military and its allies move in.

That prompted the government to begin a two-year siege that left whole areas destroyed and eventually forced the rebels to withdraw from the Old City to al-Wair. "It is the last group", regional governor Talal Barrazi said on Saturday.

Syria's government calls the evacuation deals, which have also taken place in besieged areas around Damascus, and in Aleppo at the end of a year ago, reconciliation agreements.

Young men of conscription age will be required to join the armed forces for military service.

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Soldiers and vehicles from Syrian regime ally Russian Federation were seen on the outskirts of Waer.

"Russia has a guarantor role in this agreement. After the sappers enter the district it will be decided, whether the mass media representatives will be allowed to visit the last liberated district", a Syrian police officer told Sputnik.

The government is bringing more areas under its control, especially around Damascus.

Syrian forces take up positions during fighting between Government forces and Islamic State group militants in the ancient city of Palmyra, near Homs, Syria, in March.

On Saturday, he had said that 3,000 evacuees, including 700 rebels, were due to be taken out of Waer.

The Syrian government says such "reconciliation" deals, which have been agreed in several rebel-held areas, are key to ending the six-year civil war.

Islamic State holds swathes of territory in the east of Syria, and is being fought by separate forces, including US -backed fighters and Russian-backed Syrian troops.

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