Wednesday, December 09, 2015: The efforts of the humanitarian effort finally bear fruit as the Syrian government strike an accord with the rebels and insurgents in Homs’ city of Waer. Around 750 people will be evacuated from the city including women, children and injured.
The three-year long siege in the city of Waer has ended as three buses full of women, children and severely injured was dispatched, as a part of the agreement reached between the two parties, giving them safe passage to the rebel-held northern provinces of Hama and Idlib.
Homs’ governor Talal al-Barazi said that he felt that “positive, good and promising steps were” taken in the right direction now. The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights also said that the Bashar al-Asad regime has taken some right steps this time and has learned from previous mistakes.
The transition is expected to be completed in the next few days while women, children and the injured will be given the priority in the process of relocation to the northern area. The gunmen last counted are to be around 300. They have either surrendered their arms or are moving after the negotiation process hashed out the terms of exchange of prisoners from the government with the release of hostages and abductees from the rebels’ side.
The international community has been deeply involved in every step of the way. The Syrian peace talk process underway in Vienna has included the likes of US and its allies, who oppose Asad’s government, including Saudi Arabia, and the likes of Russian and Iran, wo are pro-Asad regime. They have been instrumental in the efforts behind the accord signed between Syrian government and the rebels.
Most of the militants who have surrendered after a three-year long siege of the city that only allowed intermittent food supply belong to the rebel parties working to topple Asad’s regime. Others include al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch, the Nusra Front and several extremists and ultra-conservatives.
Previously, the Governor Barazi signed an agreement with the rebels, besieged in the Old City of Homs, in 2014. The US President Barack Obama said that this wave of ceasefire agreements between the insurgents and the government is a promising sign and will allow pockets of peace in the region, leading to the ultimate peace in the country.
The five-year long conflict ridden area has seen the end of a quarter-of-a-million lives in Syria and the adjoining areas. The rebels, who towed the line of the Arab spring, mainly in Egypt, initiated a civil war in the country that has lasted half-a-decade and the unrest and the lack of government writ has given a dangerous room for Islamic State to establish their self-proclaimed caliphate.
The observers of the peace accord are of the opinion that peace pacts like these will lead the country to unity and an ultimate resistance to the ISIS. This particular accord is of great importance as it was struck directly between the local parties, government and rebels.
The United Nations is presiding over the smooth transition of the insurgents and civilians to the northern areas of Hama and Idlib.