Syrian authorities release 35 people ahead of deal in Homs

Syrian authorities have released 35 opposition detainees in the central city of Homs, ahead of a deal that will lead to the departure of thousands of opposition fighters.

HOMS, Syria (AP) -- Syrian authorities have released 35 opposition detainees in the central city of Homs, ahead of a deal that will lead to the departure of thousands of opposition fighters.

The 35 were released Monday at the governor's office in this city that was one of the first to rise against the government.

Their release is part of a deal to evacuate opposition fighters from the neighborhood of Waer, the only area of Homs under rebel control. The fighters will start to leave Wear later this week for other rebel-held areas.

Homs Governor Talal Barrazi said this is the fifth detainee release in recent weeks, with more to come.

Among those released was Dahouk Qudzi, 62, who was held for two years. The woman said her son is a detainee as well.