11 Jul 2013

Fierce fighting in Homs

12:56 pm on 11 July 2013

A ferocious battle is taking place in the Syrian city of Homs as government forces close in on the last rebel positions there.

Air strikes and artillery shelling have reduced much of the city to rubble. So far appeals for a truce have been ignored.

The BBC reports most of Homs has been recaptured by government troops backed by Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon.

The government says it is focusing its campaign on the northern district of Khalidiya. Rebel fighters there are becoming increasingly desperate.

The BBC reports they have uploaded amateur videos of themselves wearing suicide belts, saying these are their only weapons now.