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Syria: Drone footage shows full scale of destruction in Homs03:14

Syria: Drone footage shows full scale of destruction in Homs

Syrian Arab Republic, Homs
January 20, 2016 at 13:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

Drone footage captured the full scale of destruction in Homs, Tuesday, as the Syria conflict approaches its sixth year.

Row after row of buildings have been destroyed or badly damaged in the city. Roofs have been blown off, walls have been toppled and buildings now lie empty.

During the conflict, Syria's third largest city witnessed intense fighting between government forces and opposition troops. The largest oil refinery in Syria is located in Homs and its transport connections make it a key strategic location for all sides involved in the conflict.

In 2011 parts of the industrial city were taken by opposition troops. In 2012, the Syrian government launched an offensive to retake full control of Homs and destroy opposition forces in the area. However, opposition troops managed to maintain their presence in sections of the city and by mid-2013 both groups were locked in a stalemate.

The Syrian government maintained the siege of Homs for three years and by February 2014 a United Nations-brokered deal saw a temporary ceasefire established between both sides. Following the ceasefire, opposition forces began to slowly pull back from the besieged city. By the end of 2015 a similar deal to that brokered in 2014 saw Homs under the full control of the Syrian government.

Aside from the fighting between government and opposition forces, the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) has also carried out a number of attacks on Homs, the last of which left at least 16 dead in December of 2015.

Syria: Drone footage shows full scale of destruction in Homs03:14
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Drone footage captured the full scale of destruction in Homs, Tuesday, as the Syria conflict approaches its sixth year.

Row after row of buildings have been destroyed or badly damaged in the city. Roofs have been blown off, walls have been toppled and buildings now lie empty.

During the conflict, Syria's third largest city witnessed intense fighting between government forces and opposition troops. The largest oil refinery in Syria is located in Homs and its transport connections make it a key strategic location for all sides involved in the conflict.

In 2011 parts of the industrial city were taken by opposition troops. In 2012, the Syrian government launched an offensive to retake full control of Homs and destroy opposition forces in the area. However, opposition troops managed to maintain their presence in sections of the city and by mid-2013 both groups were locked in a stalemate.

The Syrian government maintained the siege of Homs for three years and by February 2014 a United Nations-brokered deal saw a temporary ceasefire established between both sides. Following the ceasefire, opposition forces began to slowly pull back from the besieged city. By the end of 2015 a similar deal to that brokered in 2014 saw Homs under the full control of the Syrian government.

Aside from the fighting between government and opposition forces, the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) has also carried out a number of attacks on Homs, the last of which left at least 16 dead in December of 2015.

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