Over 650 Idlib militants have surrendered their weapons and returned to the government-held part of Homs province, provincial governor Tal al-Barazi told media on August 15.
Al-Barazi added that these persons had previously left the Homs province to Idlib refusing to reconcile with the government. However, then, they changed their decision.
“As of now, about 650 people, who left the city with arms for Idlib, have returned. They have got back and live in their homes,” the governor noted. “There have been no clashes since the agreement on national reconciliation was signed. Law enforcement agencies monitor law and order.”
The provincial government also revealed that during the reconciliation process backed up by the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties, about 80% of the armed groups in al-Rastan, Al-Dar al-Kabirah, Taldau, al-Ghantu, Tell-Bisa and Houla stayed, while 20% refused to surrender arms and were taken to Idlib.