Rebels Departing From Syria’s Homs Province

News Center | A Syrian war monitoring group says the first convoy of buses carrying opposition fighters and civilians from the central province of Homs has reached the gates of a region controlled by Turkish troops.

The evacuations from besieged, northern areas of Homs province and small parts of Hama province are part of an agreement reached last week between insurgents and Russia for the fighters to leave the area or surrender. Russia is a close ally of the Syrian government.

The Syrian government will take control of the area after rebels leave. Fighters who elect to stay can benefit from an amnesty, but most are expected to be drafted into the army months later.