Syrian govt gains control over central part of country

Syrian govt gains control over central part of country

Syrian govt gains control over central part of country

"Starting today, northern rural Homs will begin to return to normal life".

A total of 34,500 people - armed men and their families - were transferred out of the area as part of the deal, according to the Britain-based observatory.

The government of President Bashar al-Assad issued a statement aired on state-run television on Wednesday that the military has retaken all the rebel strongholds in Homs and Hama in central Syria.

Syrian govt gains control over central part of country

Units from the Syrian Army and other government forces have been looking to build on their impressive territorial gains in Damascus' East Ghouta region, via operation Damascus Steel, and are continuing to oust Daesh* terrorists from their remaining positions in south Damascus.

State media and activists say more than 27,000 civilians and gunmen have left the northern countryside of Homs in the past days, the latest in a string of capitulation deals by the rebels around the country.

"The fearless armed forces, with support from allies, have completed the clearing of 1,200 square kilometers (463 square miles) in rural Northern Homs and Southern Hama, and have restored security to 65 villages and towns", said Brig.

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The last besieged rebel area, being fully evacuated on Wednesday, is the large enclave located between the cities of Hama and Homs around the towns of Rastan, Talbiseh and Houleh. In a major victory for the Syrian government, the rebels agreed, following Russian-sponsored mediation, to evacuate their areas in early May.

A Syrian family rides on a motorcycle in the town of Talbiseh in the central Homs province on May 16, 2018, after government forces took control of it as militants and their relatives were evacuated.

Rebels were in control of northern rural Homs for years. He said the threat of "terrorist attacks" in Syria persists and that Russian warships equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles will remain stationed in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Syria's civil war has killed more than 450,000 people and displaced 11 million from their homes.

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