A general view shows a heavily damaged building in the old city of Homs on May 8, 2014 after Syrian government forces regained control of rebel-controlled areas. AFP PHOTO / RIM HADDAD
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A last group of Syrian rebels is poised to leave the Old City of Homs, completing a negotiated pullout from the heart of the city, the provincial governor said Thursday.A total of 980 people, most of them rebels but some of them civilians, left the Old City on the first day of the UN-supervised evacuation on Wednesday.It is not the first deal between the government and the rebels -- a number of ceasefires have been agreed in the outskirts of Damascus.But it is the first time that rebel fighters have withdrawn from an area they controlled under an accord with the government.
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