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Returning Syrian Residents Navigate Destroyed Homs

Image: A woman walks past a burning shop in the Maskuf market in the Old City of Homs
A woman walks past a burning shop in the Maskuf market in the Old City of Homs on May 12, 2014. JOSEPH EID / AFP - Getty Images

Residents of the Old City of Homs in war-ravaged Syria removed belongings from their destroyed neighborhood on Monday.

Syrians streamed back into the ruins of the Old City of Homs on May 10, picking through the remains of their homes and struggling to come to terms with the destruction.

The influx came a day after the last rebel holdouts left the area under an evacuation deal that handed the Old City back to the government, granting it a symbolic victory.

Rebel forces were in the besieged Old City for nearly two years and regime troops shelled the area almost daily before the deal.

Image: Residents of the Old City of Homs ferry items out from their destroyed neighborhood on May 12
Residents of the Old City of Homs ferry items out from their destroyed neighborhood, May 12, 2014. JOSEPH EID / AFP - Getty Images