DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:25 P.M.) – The 5th batch of jihadist insurgents and activists, along with their families, left the Al-Waer district on Monday amid an evacuation deal which would have the rebel-held suburb restored under government control.
In total, between 1,500 and 1,600 fighters and civilians left Al-Waer today in a lengthy journey that would have them arrive in Jarabulus on the border with Turkey shortly.
Meanwhile, 544 residents of Al-Waer settled their disputes with Syrian government on Monday and will stay put in the district due to an amnesty decreed signed by Bashar Al-Assad giving them immunity from prosecution.
The remaining 35 neighborhoods of Homs city are under government control following another deal in May, 2014. At the time, the slighty disconnect Al-Waer suburb was also to be evacuated but negotiations broke down due to lack of trust between the warring parties.
Momentarily, a few thousand people and associated insurgents remain inside Al-Waer but are expected to leave soon as part of the 6th evacuation batch.