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Hundreds of Syria's Homs evacuees fear indefinite detention

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.

Hundreds of Syria's Homs evacuees fear indefinite detention

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.

Hundreds of evacuees from Syria's Homs fear indefinite detention

Some 400 men, including rebels and draft evaders from besieged areas of Syria's city of Homs, who recently surrendered to the authorities, fear they may be held indefinitely, activists said Tuesday. Evacuations from the battered districts began in February, during a UN-supervised humanitarian operation that saw some 1,400 people leave the blockaded rebel areas. The operation was initially intended to allow women, children and the elderly to leave the areas, where people have been surviving on little more than herbs for nearly two years, but scores of men also left.

Syria army retakes Christian town of Maalula

Syrian regime forces retook the ancient Christian hamlet of Maalula in Damascus province on Monday, four months after mainly Islamist rebels overran it, a security official told AFP. "The army has taken full control of Maalula and restored security and stability. Terrorism has been defeated in Qalamun," the official said, referring to the region in which Maalula is located. The recapture comes after a string of successes of the regime in the strategic Qalamun region, including the seizure of the former rebel bastion of Yabrud last month.

At least 25 dead, 107 wounded in double attack on Syrian city of Homs

Damascus, Apr 9 (EFE).- At least 25 people died Wednesday and 107 were wounded when two car bombs exploded in the central Syrian city of Homs, the state-run Sana news agency reported. The double attack was staged in the Karm al Luz district, which has an Alawite majority, the sect to which Syrian President Bashar al Assad belongs. A local government official told Sana that "terrorists" detonated a vehicle that was parked on Al Jadari Street and a second vehicle blew up half an hour later in the same area.

Dutch priest who saw Syria as home shot dead in Homs

Dutch priest Frans van der Lugt, who gained renown for his insistence on staying in Syria's besieged city of Homs, was shot dead there on Monday by an unknown gunman. His death was reported by the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syria's state news agency SANA, and was confirmed by the Dutch Jesuit Order. The motive for his murder was unclear. Van der Lugt, 75, had become a well-known figure in the Old City of Homs, respected by many for his solidarity with residents of the rebel-held area under a government siege for nearly two years.

Dutch priest who saw Syria as home shot dead in Homs

Dutch priest Frans van der Lugt, who gained renown for his insistence on staying in Syria's besieged city of Homs, was shot dead there on Monday by an unknown gunman. His death was reported by the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syria's state news agency SANA, and was confirmed by the Dutch Jesuit Order. The motive for his murder was unclear. Van der Lugt, 75, had become a well-known figure in the Old City of Homs, respected by many for his solidarity with residents of the rebel-held area under a government siege for nearly two years.

Gunman kills well-known Dutch priest in Syria's Homs

A gunman in Syria's central city of Homs shot and killed well-known Dutch priest Frans van der Lugt on Monday, a monitoring group and the Dutch Jesuit Order said. His death was also reported by Syria's state news agency SANA, which said he had died immediately after being shot, citing a source in the Homs governorate. The Britain-based Observatory said the motive for the attack was unclear. Van der Lugt had gained renown for insisting on staying on in besieged Homs despite daily shelling and dwindling supplies.

Gunman kills well-known Dutch priest in Syria's Homs

A gunman in Syria's central city of Homs shot and killed well-known Dutch priest Frans van der Lugt on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Britain-based group said the motive for the attack was unclear. Van der Lugt had gained renown for insisting on staying on in besieged Homs despite daily shelling and dwindling supplies. bur-sah/bpz

Gunman kills well-known Dutch priest in Syria's Homs

A gunman in Syria's central city of Homs shot and killed well-known Dutch priest Frans van der Lugt on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Britain-based group said the motive for the attack was unclear. Van der Lugt had gained renown for insisting on staying on in besieged Homs despite daily shelling and dwindling supplies. bur-sah/bpz
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