Hundreds of Syrian rebels leave last opposition-held district of Homs, bringing control of the city back under President Assad for the first time since the outbreak of war. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Hundreds of Syrian rebels and their families left the last opposition-held district of Homs on Sunday (May 21), 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 in Syria. Homs Governor Talal Barazi, who visited the district of al-Waer on Sunday, said Homs is now safe because of the Syrian army. Government forces backed by the Russian military have already moved into many areas of al-Waer, state media have reported. Some 700 fighters and their families, a total of nearly 3,000 people according to Governor Barazi, left aboard buses on Saturday (May 20) and Sunday in the final phase of the evacuation of insurgents from al-Waer. The opposition and the United Nations have criticised the deals as forced displacement of Assad's enemies, often after months or years of siege and bombardment.