The first group, consisting of 300 militants and 1,065 civilians, has left al-Waer.
Hundreds of militants, who rejected to lay down their arms and take part in the peace agreement with the Syrian government, have left al-Waer district in Homs province.
Reportedly, the first group, consisting of 300 militants and 1,065 civilians, has already left al-Waer neighborhood, heading off to the northeastern Aleppo’s countryside.
As social networks’ activists reported, 30 buses arrived on Saturday’s morning in al-Waer, located in Homs province, in order to transport its residents. Photos from the area, published online, show servicemen of the Russian military police, assisting the evacuation. Reportedly, they will be deployed in the neighborhood after all militants leave it.
According to the agreement, concluded by the Syrian Army and militant groups in the region, in total, 1,500-2,000 militants should be transferred to Jerablus, located in the eastern parts of Aleppo.
The next stages of the agreement will be implemented in the next few days.
On Tuesday, Governor General of Homs province, Talal Barazi, said that militants, who refused to lay down their arms and join the peace agreement, would be evacuated from al-Waer very soon. He also noted that the evacuation, which is scheduled to be started on March 18, would be held in several stages under monitoring of the military police’s forces and the Red Cross. Barazi said that the evacuation operation will take from 6 to 8 weeks, adding that 500 militants and their families’ members would leave al-Waer in each phase of the evacuation.
Homs province has strategic importance for the Syrian Army and the country’s government, as it connects northern provinces to the south. Army’s control over Homs would fully cut off the most important communication lines between militants, stationed in the southern part of Syria, and their comrades in the northern part of the Arab country.