Sunday, Dec 21, 2014Sunday, Dec 21, 2014

Hundreds of Syria's Homs evacuees fear indefinite detention

Published on Apr 16, 2014 2:51 AM

BEIRUT (AFP) - Around 400 men, including rebels and draft evaders, from besieged areas of the Syrian city of Homs who surrendered to the authorities fear they may be held indefinitely, activists said Tuesday.

Evacuations began in February in a UN-supervised humanitarian operation during which around 1,400 people have left the war-battered rebel areas.

The operation was initially intended to allow women, children and the elderly to leave the Old City, where people have been surviving on little more than herbs for nearly two years, but scores of men also left.

Two weeks ago, another 300 men - mainly rebel fighters and draft evaders - also left, including a civilian activist who identified himself as Omar.

If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here