Syria: Gunmen Evacuated from Homs Return Home Due to Bad Conditions in Militant-Held Jarabulus
Local sources in the Northwestern outskirts of Homs city reported that 35 gunmen and their family members that had left al-Wa’er district for the militant-held town of Jarabulus at border with Turkey complained about the violent and insulting behavior of the militants that rule Jarabulus towards the incoming rebels.
The sources quoted the al-Wa’er gunmen and their family members as saying that the bad conditions in Jarabulus forced them to return to their homes in al-Wa’er.
In the meantime, Homs Governor General Talal Barazi confirmed that some of the ex-residents of al-Wa’er have asked to return to al-Wa’er, adding that a large number of the gunmen and their family members that had left al-Wa’er have already returned home.
He further said that two groups from Jarabulus and a group from Idlib have retuned to al-Wa’er, while an increasing number have asked to do the same in coming weeks.
Al-Barazi went on to say that recent incidents (bad conditions in Jarabulus and other militant-held regions) have now discouraged the gunmen and their family members that are al-Wa’er from leaving the neighborhood. “For instance, over 1,600 were to leave al-Wa’er within the framework of the eighth phase of the evacuation deal, but only 1,000 did so and the rest remained in the neighborhood.”
Thousands of gunmen and their family members have thus far left al-Wa’er in eight phases of evacuation deal.
Yaser al-Mustafa, who has cut ties with the Turkey-backed Euphrates Shield Operation troops, disclosed in April that Jarabulus was turned into a Turkish town and the Ankara appointed a Turkish governor for it.
He said that the Turkish soldiers were the occupiers that “occupied Jarabulus and the Turkish army dispatched all its allied militants to other fronts”.
Mustafa added that “when the Turkish army forwarded us to the border town of Jarabulus under the pretext of war on ISIL we captured the town without firing even one bullet.”
Turkey declared on August 2016 that its Army launched ‘Euphrates Shield’ military operation in Syria, as Ankara claims that it began to cleanse the ISIL terrorists from its border with the Arab country.
But, despite Ankara’s allegation, Turkish military forces supported militant groups in Northern Syria, and fought against Kurdish forces in the region.
In early April, over 2,000 gunmen and their family members left al-Wa’er district in Homs for the militant-held regions in the Northwestern province of Idlib.
In the 7th phase of the evacuation deal in al-Wa’er which was supervised by the Syrian Red Crescent and the Russian security and police authorities, a sum of 2,041 people, including 460 militants, left the district for Idlib on 52 buses.
Local sources confirmed that a sum of 350 gunmen and their family members left al-Wa’er district for the militant-held regions in Idlib within the framework of the 7th phase of the evacuation deal in the district.
The sources said that 100 gunmen, mainly from Ahrar al-Sham and Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board), and 250 of their family members left al-Wa’er district for Idlib on 8 buses under the supervision of the Russian monitoring troops.