Syrian rebels have been forced to agree to a 10-day cease-fire in a neighborhood within the central city of Homs that has become their last bastion there after two years of siege.
The rebels accepted the truce with forces loyal to President Bashar Assad to avert the devastation rained on the Old City of Homs last year, activists said. The cease-fire went into effect Thursday.
Elsewhere in Syria, two Italian aid workers abducted by an Islamist group last year were released Thursday, according to the Italian government.
Rebels abandoned Old Homs in the spring of 2014 after a punishing offensive, but those holding the populous Waer neighborhood refused to withdraw and...