As a first attempt to bring together fractured Syrian opposition parties is being made at a special meeting in Riyadh, on the battle front , around 2,000 rebels have agreed to withdraw from the war torn city of Homs.
The pullout is part of a deal agreed 10 days ago between the Syrian government and those fighting the Assad regime.
Although not everyone is cooperating Homs Governor Talal al-Barazi is optimistic:
“I say that the current international atmosphere has contributed to the creation of these conditions that led to reconciliation, and helped accelerate the implementation of the deal.”.
On the diplomatic front, Tuesday’s meeting in Riyadh comes ahead of the next round of Syrian peace talks known as the Vienna process .
Delegates from Assad’s fragmented enemies will be asked to come to the negotiation table when those talks resume.
Meanwhile unverified video has been released after Russian airstrikes on rebel held areas of Damascus and Aleppo.
Both Moscow and Tehran who support Syrian president Bashar al-Assad have criticised the Riyadh meeting as they claim some of those invited have links to al Qaeda and other jihadist groups.