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Assad regains control of Homs for first time since start of war

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 00:52

Hundreds of Syrian rebels leave last opposition-held district of Homs, bringing control of the city back under President Assad for the first time since the outbreak of war. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Hundreds of Syrian rebels and their families left the last opposition-held district of Homs on Sunday (May 21), completing a deal that brought the whole city back under President Bashar al-Assad's control for the first time since the start of the war in Syria. Homs Governor Talal Barazi, who visited the district of al-Waer on Sunday, said Homs is now safe because of the Syrian army. Government forces backed by the Russian military have already moved into many areas of al-Waer, state media have reported. Some 700 fighters and their families, a total of nearly 3,000 people according to Governor Barazi, left aboard buses on Saturday (May 20) and Sunday in the final phase of the evacuation of insurgents from al-Waer. The opposition and the United Nations have criticised the deals as forced displacement of Assad's enemies, often after months or years of siege and bombardment.

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Assad regains control of Homs for first time since start of war

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 00:52