Syrian authorities release 35 people ahead of deal in Homs

10 photos

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

HOMS, Syria (AP) — Syrian authorities released 35 opposition detainees on Monday in the central city of Homs, ahead of a deal that will lead to the departure of thousands of opposition fighters.

The 35 were released at the governor's office in the city, whose residents were among the first to rise up against Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2011.

Their release is part of a deal to evacuate opposition fighters from the neighborhood of Waer, the only area of Homs under rebel control. The fighters will start to leave Waer later this week for other rebel-held areas.

Homs Governor Talal Barrazi said this is the fifth detainee release in recent weeks, with more to come.

Among those released was Dahouk Qudzi, 62, who was held for two years. She said her son is a detainee as well.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Related topics

The Associated Press


    Catch up on the top news and features from, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast