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article imageSyrian army capture rebel district in city of Homs

By Sami Zaatari     Jul 29, 2013 in World
The Syrian government has claimed that it has managed to capture a key rebel held district in the central city of Homs. The Syrian army has been waging a major offensive in the city in order to take full control over the city.
Syrian state television announced that the army had "restored security and stability across the neighbourhood of Khaldiyeh."
The offensive in the city of Homs by the Syrian army has lasted over a month now, with the rebel-held districts coming under heavy damage and destruction. State television footage of the captured district showed piles of rubble, with the district almost impossible to inhabit.
An activist in the area said that Syrian rebels were forced to retreat from the district as a result of the militaries heavy aerial and ground bombardment of the area.
The city of Homs is still not under the full control of the army, with rebels in control of several neighbourhoods in the Old city district of Homs.
Should the army manage to fully capture the city, it would serve a significant victory for the regime, and cut off the north from the south as one activist put it.
While the Syrian army has been making gains in the centre of the country, most of the north, and large parts of the east remain in rebel hands.
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