Rebels begin departing from Syria's c...

Rebels begin departing from Syria's central Homs province

May 8, 2018 Read more: SFGate
BEIRUT - The first convoy of buses carrying opposition fighters and civilians from a rebel enclave in central Syria reached a region this week controlled by Turkish troops and were awaiting permission to enter, a Syrian war monitoring group said. 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.

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