(BBC) Syria conflict: Rebels evacuating Old City of Homs

The BBC’s Paul Wood in Beirut says the rebel fighters and their families are sad and bitter as they say goodbye to a place they swore they would never leave.

They buckled finally, our correspondent adds, after two years of siege – the government’s forces following a tactic of what some Syrian army officers called “surrender or starve”.

The siege of the Old City was tightened in recent months with intense shelling and air strikes.

“The rest of the world failed us,” one activist told the BBC by Skype as he prepared for the evacuation.

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