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Syrian rebels begin evacuation of Homs

Syrian rebels begin evacuation of Homs
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Syrian rebels have begun their withdrawal from Homs following a deal brokered by the UN with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

Buses carrying the first several hundred fighters left the downtown area ending a siege that has lasted over a year.

It is been reported that they were brought to the town of Al-Dar Al-Kabira.

A total of 1,200 fighters are expected to leave Homs in stages. Some reports have put the figure at around 2,000.

The evacuation is set to consolidate the Damascus government’s military control as Homs has been known as the “capital of the revolution” since protests erupted in 2011.

Presidential elections are set to take place on June 3 with al-Assad widely expected to sweep the polls.

Opponents have said that no credible vote can take place in a country with over six million people displaced and another 2.5 million refugees abroad.