Homs skyline with smoke coming from a building
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Evacuation of Syrian rebels from Homs under way

7 May 2014 Last updated at 19:37 BST

Hundreds of opposition fighters have left the centre of Syria's besieged city of Homs under an evacuation deal brokered by the United Nations.

The Old City of Homs was one of the first places to rise up against President Assad and has been blockaded by the government for two years.

It is now in ruins after months of almost daily bombardment.

It marks a significant defeat for the rebel forces

Paul Wood reports from Beirut.