(March 27)On March 13th Syrian authorities and rebels in Homs reached an agreement through Russian mediation that allowed militants and their families to leave Homs by stages with Syrian government troops guaranteeing them safe passage.
|On March 18th over 1,400 militants and members of their families left al-Waer for Jarablus city in the north of Aleppo province in accordance with the agreement. Russia is acting as a guarantor of the agreement. A recent Digital Journal article discusses this earlier evacuation.According to Sputnik an informed source in the Syrian security service said that there were a second group of a total of 1,276 people who left Homs on March 26th including 436 rebel fighters. The source also claimed that there were 387 women and about 460 children who left. The militants were allowed to take some weapons with them including more than 50 assault rifles, 5 sniper rifles and 24 handguns. The Syrian civil war has lasted about six years now and so far attempts to achieve a peaceful solution have failed although peace talks are ongoing.|