Arab Today, arab today syria rebels in final retreat from heart of homs
Last Updated : GMT 21:17:01
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Syria rebels in final retreat from heart of Homs

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Syria rebels in final retreat from heart of Homs

Homs - AFP

The last rebels were pulling out from the centre of thebattleground city of Homs on Thursday, handing a symbolic victory to SyrianPresident Bashar al-Assad ahead of a controversial election.Rebels hit back in the historic heart of Aleppo, blowing up a luxury hotel turnedarmy position after tunnelling under the front line which divides the main city ofnorthern Syria.At least 14 soldiers and pro-government militiamen were killed in the explosion andits aftermath, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Around 1,000 rebel fighters have left the Old City of Homs under the unprecedentednegotiated evacuation that began Wednesday, according to figures given to AFP byprovincial governor Talal Barazi.But seven buses carrying the last 300 fighters were stopped because Islamistfighters were refusing to allow food supplies into two rebel-besieged Shiite towns inAleppo province, the Observatory said.Barazi said they were stopped at the northern exit from the Old City, without givinga reason.Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads the Syrian Observatory, said Islamists were limitingntry of supplies to Zahraa and Nabol to two trucks, instead of 12 as agreed by theregime and rebels in negotiations to which they were not a party. Barazi earlier said more than 200 fighters had been evacuated Thursday, in additionto 980 people, mostly rebels but including some women and children, bussed out ofthe Old City on Wednesday.The pullout following an army siege of nearly two years leaves the rebels confinedto a single district on the outskirts of a city that what was once a bastion of theuprising.Barazi said negotiations were well advanced for the rebels to leave thatneighbourhood too in the coming weeks.He said the fighters and some civilians evacuated withthemwerebussedouttotheopposition-held town of Dar al-Kabira, 20 kilometres (13 miles) north of Homs.Barazi was able to visit his former office in the Old City on Thursday for the firsttime in three years.Government troops played football on the square housing Homs's landmark clocktower, once the scene of the city's massive anti-government protests.A soldier climbed onto the rooftop of a house and told AFP: "This is the first time Iclimb up here without fearing snipers.""Come on, shoot me!" he called out to another soldier, who took a photograph ofhim.It is not the first deal between the government and the rebels -- a number ofceasefires have been agreed on the outskirts of Damascus.But it is the first time that rebel fighters have withdrawn from an area theycontrolled under an accord with the government.The government allowed the remaining rebels in Homs to pull out with theirpersonal weapons in return for the release of 40 Alawite women and children, anIranian woman and 30 soldiers held hostage by rebels elsewhere in Syria, a rebelspokesman said.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory monitoring group confirmed that all thehostages had been released by Thursday afternoon.The deal, in negotiations overseen by the ambassador of the Syrian regime's closeally Iran, also involved the distribution of aid into Nubol and Zahraa.- 'Big game' -Abu Wissam, a rebel fighter being evacuated from the city centre, bemoaned theoutside interests now at play in a conflict that had begun as an Arab Spring-inspiredprotest movement."I took part in the protests from very early on. During that time, there were no international agendas controlling the protests," he told AFP via the Internet."But now, everyone is moved like pawns in a chess game" between regional andinternational powers, he said.There have been many sieges imposed by both sides in the three-year-old conflictbut that of the Old City of Homs has been by the far longest.Some 2,200 people were killed as near daily bombardment reduced the area to ruins.The rebel pullout comes less than a month before a controversial presidentialelection, described as farce by Western governments and the opposition, that isexpected to return Assad to office.On a visit to Washington for talks with President Barack Obama, opposition chiefAhmad Jarba said the vote will give Assad "a licence ... to kill his own people formany years to come."In Aleppo, the rebel attack claimed by the massive Islamic Front alliance completelydestroyed the Carlton Citadel Hotel, just across the road from the city's UNESCO-listed Citadel, which the army had been using as a frontline position. A rebel offensive in July 2012 when they seized large swathes of Aleppo left theCitadel and nearby hotels which once thronged with foreign tourists on the frontline of the deadly conflict.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today syria rebels in final retreat from heart of homs Arab Today, arab today syria rebels in final retreat from heart of homs

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today syria rebels in final retreat from heart of homs Arab Today, arab today syria rebels in final retreat from heart of homs

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation

GMT 18:41 2017 Friday ,20 October

Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation
Arab Today, arab today Malaysia Airlines picks new CEO

GMT 12:54 2017 Saturday ,21 October

Malaysia Airlines picks new CEO
Arab Today, arab today Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts
Arab Today, arab today Residents get glimpse of Raqa in ruins

GMT 07:10 2017 Saturday ,21 October

Residents get glimpse of Raqa in ruins
Arab Today, arab today Hiring not part of Alibaba pledge

GMT 11:26 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Hiring not part of Alibaba pledge
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today World's deepest lake in peril

GMT 15:54 2017 Friday ,20 October

World's deepest lake in peril
Arab Today, arab today Ex-French minister Dati wants tough action

GMT 10:54 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Ex-French minister Dati wants tough action
Arab Today, arab today Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse'

GMT 16:07 2017 Friday ,20 October

Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse'
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today EU raids automaker BMW

GMT 11:06 2017 Saturday ,21 October

EU raids automaker BMW
Arab Today, arab today Sweden to get biggest car factory

GMT 14:10 2017 Friday ,20 October

Sweden to get biggest car factory
Arab Today, arab today Actress Mona Zaki praises husband’s role

GMT 08:15 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Actress Mona Zaki praises husband’s role
Arab Today, arab today Massacre fears spark race

GMT 19:09 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Massacre fears spark race

GMT 08:57 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Actress Shery Adel happy for Egypt’s qualification

GMT 18:15 2017 Monday ,16 October

British actress becomes fifth woman

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam

GMT 16:00 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Climate-disrupting volcanoes helped topple

GMT 10:46 2017 Saturday ,05 August

Nanis reveals simple ideas for home renovation

GMT 09:56 2017 Friday ,20 October

Privacy Groups Warn of Perils

GMT 08:04 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Second US judge orders freeze

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 20:46 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Qualcomm files lawsuits in China to ban iPhones

GMT 16:53 2017 Saturday ,02 September

Mai importance of gifts during Eid Al-Adha
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday