Over 1,500 Syrian rebels and their relatives arrive in northern Syria after their evacuation from Homs under a deal with the government. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Busloads of rebels and their families arrived in northern Syria Sunday (March 19) after leaving their last bastion in the Syrian city of Homs, under a Russian-backed deal with the government expected to be among the largest evacuations of its kind. The agreement underlines Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's upper hand in the war, as more rebel fighters opt to leave areas they have defended for years in deals that amount to negotiated withdrawals to other parts of the country. Between 10,000 and 15,000 rebels and civilians would evacuate in batches over the coming weeks under the deal, according to opposition activists in al-Waer and a war monitor.