In this image made from amateur video released by Ugarit News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrian rebels board a bus to leave Homs, Syria, Wednesday, May 7, 2014.(AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP Video)
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Exhausted and worn out from a nearly two-year-long siege, hundreds of Syrian rebels Wednesday left their last remaining bastions in the heart of the city of Homs under a cease-fire deal with government forces.Many of the rebels were wounded, and it was unclear how many civilians were among them.According to the deal, the rebels were taken a few kilometers north to the rebel-held towns of Talbiseh and Dar al-Kabira on the northern edge of Homs province. State TV said government forces would enter the evacuated neighborhoods once rebels leave entirely, although the rebels will retain one toe-hold in Homs.Weakened rebels, for whom Homs' collapse was only a matter of time, get a safe exit, while the government saves manpower and weapons and can claim it was able to retake the last rebel bastions without spilling more blood.In exchange for their evacuation, the opposition fighters pledged to allow aid into two pro-government villages, Nubl and Zahraa in Aleppo province, besieged by rebels for more than a year.
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