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Rebels begin evacuating Syrian city of Homs

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Posted: May 7, 2014 1:47 AM

Updated: May 7, 2014 1:47 AM

BEIRUT (AP) Syrian activists say hundreds of rebels have started evacuating their last bastions in the central city of Homs under a ceasefire deal struck last week with government forces.

The activists say dozens of rebels boarded five buses that arrived at the police command on the edge of the rebel-held areas ahead of the evacuation.

An activist who goes by the name of Abu Yassin al-Homsi said up to 1,200 fighters were expected to leave the city Wednesday, handing it over to President Bashar Assad's forces.

In exchange for their evacuation, activists say opposition fighters will allow aid into two northern pro-government villages besieged by rebel.

Topics: Syria

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