By Scott Lucas -May 21, 2017 – EAWORLDVIEW – The last group of rebels and residents have been removed from al-Wae’r, the final opposition-held district in Homs, Syria’s third-largest city.More than 2,500 people are expected to be transferred to Idlib Province in northwest Syria, or to the town of Jarablus on the Turkish border on Saturday and Sunday.
About 20,000 of al-Wa’er’s 50,000 residents will have left under the capitulation arrangements begun in March, forced by more than four years of siege, destruction of food sources, and a three-month air and ground bombardment. A Russian officer overseeing the removals said Moscow’s military police will help with the “transition” inside al-Wa’er.
The capitulation is one of a series brought by pro-Assad sieges and attacks, including on Damascus suburbs such as Darayya and Moadamiyah. Earlier this month, the towns of Barzeh and Tishreen, to the northwest of the capital, finally gave way. www.mesop.de