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First group of militants evacuated from Homs

According to Homs Governor Talal Barazi, the first group of militants and civilians has left al-Waer neighborhood of the city of Homs. In total, buses drove out 300 militants and 1,065 civilians, Barazi said.

The evacuation is expected to take about six weeks and is being overseen by Along with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), Russian and Syrian forces. The operation is said to be the largest evacuation of a single district. It was brokered by the Syrian government and Russia and allows from 10,000 to 15,000 rebels and civilians leave Homs.

The militants and civilians are taken to the rebel-controlled town of Jarablus to the north; some of them are free to go to Idlib, Talal Barazi added.

After the operation is complete, Homs would become another large city fully liberated by the government since the Syrian army gained control over Aleppo in December, 2016.

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