Civilians celebrate liberation of Homs city inside newly captured Al-Waer suburb

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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:00 P.M.) – On Thursday, a series of celebrations took place in the Al-Waer neighbourhood after rebel militants departed their last stronghold in the provincial capital of Homs last month.

Photos taken by Syrian state media show local residents returning to the Al-Waer suburb while the governor of Homs, Talal Al-Barazi, planted a symbolic tree of victory and handed out gifts to previously displaced children:

With 35 of 36 neighbourhoods brought under government control back in 2014, several thousand militants in the Al-Waer district held out against a siege until earlier this year when a deal was struck between the warring parties.

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