Deal reached in Syria for insurgents to leave neighborhood in central city of Homs

An opposition monitoring group and a Syrian official say a deal has been reached for thousands of insurgents to leave the last opposition-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says some 3,200 fighters will leave the Waer neighborhood for other areas in Syria held by insurgents.

The group says the deal, agreed to by the government and several rebel factions, will also include a cease-fire, release of prisoners and the return of state institutions.

Homs Governor Talal Barrazi told The Associated Press Tuesday that the implementation of the deal will begin early next week.

President Bashar Assad loyalists have been blockading the Waer neighborhood since early 2013, only sporadically allowing in food. The area witnessed sporadic clashes over the past two years.