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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Rebels pull back from Baba Amr, Syria

Syrian rebels say they are making a "tactical retreat" from the besieged district of Baba Amr in Homs because of worsening humanitarian conditions.

The decision was made to spare some 4,000 civilian residents who insisted on staying in their homes, says a statement by the Baba Amr rebels brigade.

The rebels warned government troops against carrying out revenge attacks targeting civilians.

They said any such action will "cost the regime dearly".

Burhan Ghalioun, head of the opposition Syrian National Council, told a news conference in Paris that rebels have relocated from some areas but said the resistance in Baba Amr "is still strong".

The government has vowed to "cleanse" Baba Amr from "gunmen". Read More