Syrian opposition to leave Homs within 48 hours

Published May 5th, 2014 - 02:30 GMT

A deal reached between the Syrian government and the Syrian opposition allowing members of the opposition to leave Homs will be implemented in the next two days, AFP reports.

“We will begin the application of the initiative in the coming 48 hours depending on the situation on the ground. I hope things will go smoothly, in which case the initiative will be completed quickly,” Homs governor Talal al Barazi told AFP.

Roughly 2,250 people have been under government siege and therefore trapped in Homs. They will be granted safe passage out under the accord.

Members of the opposition say the deal involves freeing Lebanese and Iranian prisoners being held by rebel groups in Aleppo but Barazi denies the existence of such hostages, according to AFP.

The Syrian civil war has killed thousands and forced millions to flee.


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