- Title: Al-Waer district in Syrian Homs declared empty of rebel fighters
- Date: 21st May 2017
- Summary: AL-WAER DISTRICT, HOMS, SYRIA (MAY 21, 2017) (REUTERS) ENTRANCE TO AL-WAER DISTRICT SYRIAN POLICE HOLDING FLAG PEOPLE STANDING NEXT TO PILE OF LUGGAGE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HOMS GOVERNOR, TALAL BARAZI, SAYING: "Starting from today, al-Waer became empty of rebels and weapons and maintenance people, workers and government associations started to return to al-Waer starting from this day. During the next week, al-Waer will be served with water, electricity and communications with governmental support. Of course the security procedures continue and they have already started since four days and they will continue of course during the next period." PEOPLE STANDING NEXT TO BUS LONG LINE OF LUGGAGE, MEN PICKING UP BAGS PEOPLE WAITING TO BOARD BUS YOUNG BOY AND GIRL SITTING ON TOY CARS, BOY WAVING MAN WAITING TO PUT BAG INTO LUGGAGE HOLD VARIOUS OF PEOPLE BOARDING BUS BUS DEPARTING WOMAN SITTING ON SIDE OF ROAD BUS DRIVING AWAY
- Embargoed: 4th June 2017 13:13
- Keywords: al-Waer District rebel fighters evacuation Syria Homs
- Location: HOMS, SYRIA
- City: HOMS, SYRIA
- Country: Syria
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA0016HS6FK7
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- Story Text: Last buses carrying rebel fighters and their families left the besieged district of Syria's Homs on Sunday (May 21), the provincial governor said, completing a deal to bring the whole city back under government control.
Several hundred fighters left on Saturday and Sunday in the final phase of the evacuation of insurgents from al-Waer, long besieged by government forces and the last opposition-held neighbourhood in Homs.
Government forces backed by Russian military police had now begun to take control of key parts of the district, a Russian officer told Syrian state TV.
Syria's government calls the evacuation deals -- which have also taken place in besieged areas around Damascus, and in Aleppo at the end of last year -- reconciliation agreements. It says they allow services and security to be restored. The opposition has criticised the agreements, however, saying they amounted to forced displacement of Assad's opponents away from Syria's main urban centres, often after years of siege and bombardment.
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