Second convoy of displaced arrives in Jarablus from formerly besieged al-Waer

The second convoy of displaced people from al-Waer district of Homs has arrived at the village of Zougra in the Jarablus countryside, close to the Syrian-Turkish border.

Around 1,900 people made the journey, including civilians and fighters from the Free Syrian Army, who were forced to leave the district after an agreement was reached between the Syrian regime and opposition force to evacuate the remaining people.

Al-Waer has witnessed prolonged clashes between Syrian regime forces and opposition fighters over the past three years. Civilians have had to endure siege conditions and heavy bombardment by regime aircrafts in what was the last rebel-held area in Homs city.

The evacuation operation in al-Waer, which was home to around 40,000 people, is the largest since those carried out in Aleppo during the end of 2016. People from the Homs district are also being transferred to the rebel-held city of Idlib.

Those arriving in Jarablus face further difficulties due to the lack of tents and basic provisions at the camps. Some organisations began providing sanitary facilities, water and as many tents as possible for the thousands or arrivals.

Thousands more are expected to make their way towards the north of Syria in green buses which have become a familiar sight in the Syrian civil war.