Months after a UN-brokered deal that allowed the civilian to flee, Syria’s military has reached a deal with rebel fighters allowing the rebels to also withdraw from Homs’ Old City neighborhood.
Homs was once a rebel hotbed, but the military had retaken most of it, leaving the Old City the last part untaken. While the military didn’t seem to be able the neighborhood over, they were shelling it constantly.
Several car bombings in and around Homs have killed large numbers of people in recent weeks, underscoring why leaving the neighborhood as a surrounded rebel enclave not an option.
Under the deal, the rebels will be allowed to leave the neighborhood without fighting, and move north into rebel-held regions beyond that.