Photo Gallery: Syria conflict: Syrian army recapture key rebel district of Khaldiyeh in Homs

CJ MIDDLE EAST, WORLD NEWS 0 Comments

My comment:  These Photo’s are from a gallery at The Telegraph, view more via the link at the bottom.  This show’s horrible destruction, and in some cases makes the pictures from WWll pale in comparison.  Pray for the people of Syria.

The Telegraph

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Syria’s beleaguered opposition forces have suffered another blow when government troops captured a key district in the embattled city of Homs that has been a rebel stronghold since the beginning of the country’s uprising. The capture of Khaldiyeh is a setback for the rebels in the strategic central heartland, bringing President Bashar Assad’s regime closer to its goal of capturing all of Homs, Syria’s third largest city – including neighborhoods in its Old City that the rebels have held for more than a year.Picture: AFP/Getty Images

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The opposition acknowledged the loss of Khaldiyeh, though some activists said there were still scattered clashes in northern sectors of the district where rebels were still putting up a fight. A senior member of the Western-backed Syria National Coalition said the regime’s gains in Homs are not irreversible.

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It will be difficult, but not impossible to gain back what we’ve lost in Homs, Hadi Bahra, a member of the Coalition’s political committee, told The Associated Press from Saudi Arabia

syria-homs-soldier_2630502k_1Syrian government forces patrol the Khalidiyah neighbourhood of the central city of Homs

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State news agency SANA quoted an unnamed army commander saying the fall of Khaldiyeh would significantly boost army operations aimed at dislodging rebels from central areas of Homs.

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Syrian TV aired live video from the neighborhood, showing troops roaming deserted streets and waving flags in front of shell-scarred buildings

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The province of Homs is Syria’s largest, running from the Lebanese frontier in the west all the way to the border with Iraq and Jordan in the east. The city of Homs serves as a crossroads between the main highway from Damascus and the road to the coastal region, a stronghold of Assad’s Alawite sect.

syria-homs-dome_2630505k_1Rubbles seen inside the damaged Khalid Ibn al-Walid Mosque, in al-Khalidyya, Homs

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