Homs was once a vibrant metropolis with more than a million inhabitants. When in March 2011, the Arab spring spread to Syria, Homs belonged to the first Syrian cities, which resulted in mass protests. But the peaceful protests were answered with massive force, already in April 2011 armored troops to occupy the city. Many opposition groups began to arm themselves now in turn and Homs became a battlefield. Even long time, Syria’s third-largest city was capital of the rebellion. Now however succeeded in the Syrian army to take the town last but not least – thanks to massive air support. Costs were high, however, as images now show a Russian drone.
They flew over the once lively town and brought back with apocalyptic images. So, almost all the houses are bombed out, only the great mosque seems to be still relatively undamaged. The streets where, once more than a million people swarmed, as extinct. The few residents remaining in the city dare barely out the door. Only a few children defy all the destruction and playing on the road. Most residents of the city have however long the flight taken, are either found shelter with relatives in other parts of Syria, fled to neighbouring countries or is on the way to Europe did.