Reports: Ceasefire reached in Syrian city of Homs

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Updated: Fri, 02 May 2014 07:15:27 EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian activists and a Lebanese TV channel that supports Syrian President Bashar Assad's government say a ceasefire agreement has been reached in the central city of Homs.

The reports say the deal calls for a truce between pro-Assad forces and rebels holed up within Homs' old quarters. That's according to activist Beibars Tilawi and the Hezbollah-owned channel al-Manar who reported the deal on Friday.

Homs-based activist Tilawi says that if it holds, hundreds of fighters will be allowed to leave Homs to head to rebel-controlled countryside north of the city.

The agreement may end the longest-running clashes between pro-government forces and rebels since the uprising began against Assad's rule in March 2013.

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