Three years ago, Homs City was the capital of the Syrian Revolution and the birthplace of the armed rebellion against the Syrian government and its institutions.

Unfortunately for the Islamist rebels that threatened to topple the government of Dr. Bashar Al-Assad, their fairytale in the provincial capital of the Homs Governorate has come to a devastating end with the departure of their remaining combatants inside the Al-Wa’er District.

Onlookers from neighboring districts rushed to the northern part of the provincial capital in order to watch the departure of the 470 remaining civilians and 250+ militants from the Al-Wa’er District; this monumental moment marked the genesis of the healing process after a turbulent 4 years of hell.

Still, much of Homs City remains destroyed, as several dilapidated buildings are permeated with bullet holes and graffiti.

The Syrian government has already begun the reconstruction of this former metropolis that was once home to over 1.5 million civilians; however, it will likely take years before Homs can transform from the war-torn state it is currently in.

For the Islamist rebels from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), only 300 of their combatants remain behind in Al-Wa’er as they await for another round of buses to transport them to the Idlib Governorate.

With tears in their eyes, the Islamist rebels prepare to leave the city that was the heart of their uprising and the rock that built the foundation of the Syrian Revolution.

 

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