HOMS - Syria's government and rebels agreed to a ceasefire Friday in the battleground city of Homs to allow hundreds of fighters holed up in its old quarters to evacuate, a move that would surrender almost total control of the city once known as the "capital of the revolution" to forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.
The capture of Homs, Syria's third largest city, would be a significant victory for Assad, weeks before presidential elections set for June 3 - if the agreement goes through and rebel fighters leave.
The 48-hour cease-fire deal came after weeks of unprecedented pounding of rebel-held districts by government force. One Homs-based opposition activist said it was a bitter moment for the rebels who have been barricaded in 13 neighborhoods around Homs' historic center. (AP)