>> A one way ticket from Homs, Syrian rebels and their families leaving their last bastion in the city under a Russian-backed deal with the government. Saturday, the first day of an evacuation expected to last about six weeks and be the largest of its kind. The area of Al Waer is home to about 40,000 civilians and more than 2,500 fighters.
Homs was an early center of the popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, so the departure of busloads of rebels highlights his upper hand in the six-year-long war. To the government, such deals are reconciliation agreements bringing Syria closer to peace. To opposition activists, this is forcible displacement after years of bombardment and siege as strikes have pounded Al Waer over the last few weeks.
Syrian and Russian forces in the Syrian Arab Red Crescent overseeing the evacuation north. Police searching people before the buses is drove out. The Syrian Observatory reporting they're headed for near the Turkish border.