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.

Chris Tomson | AMN

The Al-Waer deal was agreed upon on March 10, an important development which Al-Masdar News once again was the first outlet to unveil.

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.

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