Sunday, May 21, 2017

Syrian War News Updates -- May 21, 2017

Reuters: Syrian rebels leave last opposition district in Homs

Hundreds of Syrian rebels and their families left the last opposition-held district of Homs on Sunday, completing a deal that brought the whole city back under President Bashar al-Assad's control for the first time since the start of the war.

Homs Governor Talal Barazi said "the city of Homs is completely clear of weapons and militants after completing the reconciliation deal in al-Waer district," Syrian state TV reported.

Government forces backed by the Russian military have already moved into many areas of al-Waer, state media say.

Some 700 fighters and their families, a total of nearly 3,000 people according to Barazi, left aboard buses on Saturday and Sunday in the final phase of the evacuation of insurgents from al-Waer. Government troops had long besieged the last opposition-held area in a city that was one of the early centers of the anti-Assad uprising.

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Syrian War News Updates -- May 21, 2017

Syria regime regains total control of Homs city -- AFP
Syria’s third largest city Homs clear of opposition -- Washington Post/AP
Syria rebels leave last Homs neighbourhood -- Al Jazeera
Final batch of Syrian rebels leave central Homs district -- DW
Syria's Homs is Now Completely Free as Last Militants Leave al-Waer District -- Sputnik
Reports: IS Kills Villagers, Anti-Jihadists in Eastern Syria -- VOA
Twin bomb attacks kill at least 23 in Syria’s Idlib -- TRT
Syria: ISIS militants kill dozens near Salamiyah -- CNN
Blasts at Syrian rebel base kill 14 fighters -- Al Jazeera
Bomb attack on Syrian Islamist rebel group kills 14: Observatory -- Reuters
Suicide Blast Near Ahrar al-Sham Militants' HQ in Syria Leaves 45 Dead -- Sputnik
In pictures: ISIS tanks, heavy weaponry deployed against the Syrian Army in Deir Ezzor -- AMN Al-Masdar News
US, Russia Working on New Proposal to Involve De-Confliction Near Deir Ez-Zor -- Sputnik
U.S., Russia discussing new ways to avoid confrontation in Syria, top general says -- Politico
Syrian peace talks break up after making only 'incremental progress' -- The Guardian
Death by stoning: Battered Syrian city offers a window into life under the thumb of ISIS militants -- L.A. Times
The Disappeared of Syria -- Al Jazeera

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