Rebels evacuated from Homs, the cradle of Syrian uprising

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Hundreds of Syrian rebels on Wednesday abandoned their last stronghold in the heart of Homs city, an epicenter of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, handing him a symbolic victory weeks before his likely re-election.Two convoys of buses snaked their way through the crumbling ruins of the besieged city, taking the fighters to safety in rebel-held areas outside the city under a deal agreed between the insurgents and forces loyal to Assad.The Sunni Muslim fighters had held out in the Old City of Homs and neighboring districts despite being undersupplied, outgunned and subjected to more than a year of siege and bombardment by Assad’s forces.”The people of Homs are real heroes. They have paid the bill for freedom,” Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba told PBS television in Washington. “The siege became lethal. We want the civilians and the fighters to get out of Homs safely so their lives can be saved.”

For full report read ….. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/08/us-syria-crisis-homs-idUSBREA4701020140508

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