Rebels evacuated from Homs, cradle of Syrian uprising


BEIRUT - Hundreds of Syrian rebels on Wednesday abandoned the heart of Homs city, an early center of the revolt against President Bashar Assad, handing him a symbolic victory weeks before his likely re-election.


Two convoys of buses carrying fighters left the besieged and ruined city centre, the first of several convoys due to take part in an evacuation agreed between insurgents and forces loyal to Assad.


The deal also calls for the release of captives held by rebels in Aleppo and Latakia provinces, and the easing of a rebel siege of two Shi'ite towns in northern Syria. (Reuters)