On December 1, the Free Syrian Army’s central command agree to a permanent ceasefire and evacuation for the remaining rebels inside of Al-Wa’er with the Governor of Homs – Talal Al-Barazi.
The evacuation includes two phases:
- is to allow humanitarian aid to any remaining civilians living inside the district
- is the transportation of the 600 rebel fighters from Al-Wa’er to the Idlib Governorate
The plan is supposed to take about two months. After this, the Syrian Government will be in full control of the city of Homs.
Since 2011, Homs has been a battleground for some of the bloodiest battles in th Syrian war.
For a long time, the Al-Wa’er District of Homs has been a rebel stronghold. It is one of the first areas captured by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in 2011.
The agreement has become possible due to a strategic initiative taken by the pro-government forces after the start of the Russian military operations in Syria.