In Syria, deal struck to allow rebels to leave city of Homs

Takfiri Daesh terrorists are seen parading along a street in the town of Tal Abyad in the Syrian province of Raqqah

Takfiri Daesh terrorists are seen parading along a street in the town of Tal Abyad in the Syrian province of Raqqah

The explosion follows a coordinated attack by insurgents in Homs city center last month that killed scores including a senior security official, and an agreement on Monday for rebels to leave their last enclave in the city.

Deals to evacuate rebels from surrounded districts have become increasingly common in the civil war, and the increase in Syrian airstrikes against the neighborhood in recent weeks likely was the final straw to convince the rebels to ditch this particular district. Al Waer, a suburb of the city of Homs, 162 kilometers north of Damascus, was the only one where terrorist groups were still present.

Opposition-affiliated Orient News reported on Monday that negotiators from al- Waer had signed an agreement for rebel factions and their families to go to northern Syria.

Those who leave will be taken to rebel-held areas elsewhere in Homs province, the northwestern province of Idlib and the town of Tel Abyad near the border with Turkey, the Observatory said.

In September, Barazi said al-Waer was home to about 40,000 civilians and 800 fighters. It said the first 1,500 people will be evacuated next week.

Monday's deal followed weeks of intense bombardment and air strikes on the neighbourhood that left 250 killed or wounded.

Syria's war pits Assad's forces, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, against rebels supported by the United States, Turkey, and Gulf kingdoms, along with hardline groups affiliated with al-Qaeda.

He said fighters who decide to stay in Homs can benefit from a government amnesty issued earlier.