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1,800 people evacuated from Syria's Al-Waer to Idlib

The evacuation was conducted under a Russia-backed deal struck between the Syrian opposition and regime

Mohamed Sabry Emam Muhammed   | 01.04.2017
1,800 people evacuated from Syria's Al-Waer to Idlib ALEPPO, SYRIA - MARCH 27: Syrian civilians and opponents wait for buses to be evacuated from Al-Waer district of Homs, in Aleppo, Syria on March 27, 2017. Third group of around 800 people to be evacuated from Al-Waer district, where ceasefire is violated by Assad regime forces during their siege, left the district as the evacuation continues. ( Judy Arash - Anadolu Agency )

HOMS, Syria

Nearly 1,800 opposition fighters and civilians have been sent to Syria's northwestern Idlib city from the Al-Waer district of the western Homs province amid repeated cease-fire violations by the Assad regime and its allies.

The fresh group of evacuees included 358 women and 434 children, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter in the area. 

The evacuation was conducted under a Russia-backed deal struck between the Syrian opposition and regime with a view to transferring opposition fighters to Idlib or to other opposition-held areas near Aleppo city. 

For years, the Al-Waer district has remained under a siege imposed by the regime. More than 20,000 people have applied to leave the district under the deal, which was concluded on March 13. 

Under the agreement’s terms, at least 12,000 people will be transferred to Aleppo province; 6,200 to Idlib; and 2,400 to Homs. 

Regime and Russian forces will assume responsible for the safety of those evacuated from Waer. A Russian military contingent will also be deployed in the district to supervise implementation of the agreement. 

The Turkish Red Crescent and other Turkish aid agencies, meanwhile, will be responsible for evacuees’ safety in Aleppo and Idlib. 

Since Syria’s civil war erupted in 2011, more than 250,000 people have been killed and millions displaced, according to UN figures. 

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