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Harrowing Images From The Evacuation Of Syria's Destroyed City Of Homs

After more than thee years of fighting, rebels have agreed to Bashar al-Assad's demands to evacuate the old city of Homs.

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On Wednesday, after three years of fighting, hundreds of Syrian rebels were evacuated from the old city of Homs as part of an agreement with Bashar al-Assad's army facilitated by the Syrian Red Crescent.

The evacuation ended Assad's siege of Homs — once called the capital of Syria's revolution. The siege has left the city destroyed, civilians devastated, and an undocumented thousands dead and wounded.

Incredibly surreal image of 2nd batch of rebels evacuated from #Homs's old city today. Pix2 by #GhassanNajjar

Hala Jaber@HalaJaber

Incredibly surreal image of 2nd batch of rebels evacuated from #Homs's old city today. Pix2 by #GhassanNajjar

10:43 AM - 7 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Pictures of convoys of cars carrying mainly wounded rebels and civilians circulated widely on social media; few journalists have reported from Homs in recent months, as access has been impeded by the daily barrage of deadly bombs and gun battles.

#Syrian Red Crescent evacuates, wounded &elderly from old #Homs 2dy after rebel evacuation. Pix By #GhassanNajjar

Hala Jaber@HalaJaber

#Syrian Red Crescent evacuates, wounded &elderly from old #Homs 2dy after rebel evacuation. Pix By #GhassanNajjar

09:41 AM - 7 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Syria watcher Elliot Higgins (also known as Brown Moses) shared these videos uploaded to YouTube, reportedly showing the arrival of the second batch of buses to evacuate fighters and civilians in Homs.

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Now that the government is in control of Homs, many Syria analysts predict that Assad will increase efforts to retake the Syrian city of Aleppo, where the government has been barrel bombing rebel strongholds for months.

Photo of the old city of #Homs I shot this afternoon. #Syria #حمص #سوريا

Roozbeh Kaboly@rzbh

Photo of the old city of #Homs I shot this afternoon. #Syria #حمص #سوريا

12:12 PM - 7 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Meanwhile, the fate of the evacuated Syrian rebels and civilians remains shaky.

Another photo. Old #Homs this afternoon. #Syria #حمص #حمص_قديمي #سوريا

Roozbeh Kaboly@rzbh

Another photo. Old #Homs this afternoon. #Syria #حمص #حمص_قديمي #سوريا

01:38 PM - 7 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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