The source pointed to the Syrian Army's military operations to clean up the remaining ISIL terrorists in the Northeastern part of al-Aqirbat in Eastern Homs
, and said the Syrian Army troops are preparing for new battle against the ISIL on the road leading to Deir Ezzur.
According to the BBC, the evacuation marks the end of three years of resistance in Homs
By the evening, around 600 fighters had boarded several batches of buses that departed from a police command center on the edge of Homs
' rebel-held areas, heading north.
The evacuated rebels will be taken a few kilometres north of Homs
to the towns of Talbiseh and al-Dar al-Kabira on the northern edge of the central province, according to AP.
governor Talal Barazi confirmed that the rebels have started leaving Homs
A government seizure of Homs
would be "the icing on the cake for Assad,'' said Charles Lister, a visiting fellow at Brookings Doha Center.
The UN and aid agencies are hoping to deliver food and medicine to some 3,000 civilians still trapped in Homs
. The aid convoys are due to enter on Saturday on the second day of a temporary ceasefire in Homs
between government forces and rebels.
The focus on Homs
and release of detainees are meant as confidencebuilding measures.
Obaida Nahhas, member of the Syrian National Council in exile, told Gulf News that the people of Homs
cannot wait anymore.
Several coaches packed with security force personnel entered the Khalidiyeh neighbourhood of Homs
and afterwards gunfire was heard, said Abdel Karim Rihawi.
SANA's reporter said that while canvassing the northern countryside of Homs
, the authorities found archeological artifacts that terrorists had concealed in a house with the intention of smuggling them abroad.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army dispatched a massive military convoy to Palmyra in Eastern Homs
from Damascus to clean up the ISIL remnant from Homs
' Badiyeh (desert) region.