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    Opposition fighters and their families gather as they prepare to board a bus, ahead of their evacuation from the rebel-held Waer neighbourhood in the central city of Homs on March 18, 2017

    Group of 260 Militants Leave Syria’s Homs as Part of Deal With Authorities

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    The evacuation of 1,632 people, including 260 militants, from the al-Waer neighborhood of the Syrian city of Homs, finished Thursday as part of a deal with the Syrian authorities.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The evacuated people were sent to the northern Syrian city of Jarablus in 41 buses, the SANA news agency reported.

    Homs Governor Talal Barazi said that al-Waer would be completely cleared of militants and weapons by May 20. He pointed out that the reconstruction works around the neighborhood had started over 10 days ago.

    On March 13, Syrian authorities and militant groups in Homs reached an agreement under Russian mediation, where militants and their families would leave Homs in stages with guaranteed safe passage courtesy of Syrian government troops. Over 9,000 people, including more than 2,500 militants, have already left the city.

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