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Report from a Syrian Rebel Base

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The official authorities in Syria call them bandits and terrorists. Syrian civilians are either afraid of them or support them. When a RIA Novosti correspondent wanted to go to Homs to find the rebels, he was warned: “The FSA hates the Russians, they’ll probably kill you.”

The official authorities in Syria call them bandits and terrorists. Syrian civilians are either afraid of them or support them. When a RIA Novosti correspondent wanted to go to Homs to find the rebels, he was warned: “The FSA hates the Russians, they’ll probably kill you.”

© RIA NovostiThe official authorities in Syria call them bandits and terrorists. Syrian civilians are either afraid of them or support them. When a RIA Novosti correspondent wanted to go to Homs to find the rebels, he was warned: “The FSA hates the Russians, they’ll probably kill you.”
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The official authorities in Syria call them bandits and terrorists. Syrian civilians are either afraid of them or support them. When a RIA Novosti correspondent wanted to go to Homs to find the rebels, he was warned: “The FSA hates the Russians, they’ll probably kill you.”
© RIA NovostiOnce a residential neighborhood of Homs, al-Khalidiya has been completely destroyed and now resembles Grozny in the early 2000’s.

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Once a residential neighborhood of Homs, al-Khalidiya has been completely destroyed and now resembles Grozny in the early 2000’s.

© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankYoung Syrians armed with guns guard the road intersections. Few people venture out onto the streets, isolated gunshots can be heard constantly.

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Young Syrians armed with guns guard the road intersections. Few people venture out onto the streets, isolated gunshots can be heard constantly.

© RIA NovostiOccasionally small trucks carrying ordinary Syrians and their household belongings pass by – these are refugees fleeing after their homes have been destroyed.
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Occasionally small trucks carrying ordinary Syrians and their household belongings pass by – these are refugees fleeing after their homes have been destroyed.
© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankThe hospital suffered massive damage from artillery fire – the building caught fire and none of the windows have survived. A burnt portrait of Hafez Asad, father of the current president, hangs above the entrance. This is where the morgue is housed. It has been without electricity for some time now and can only be entered wearing a gas mask.
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The hospital suffered massive damage from artillery fire – the building caught fire and none of the windows have survived. A burnt portrait of Hafez Asad, father of the current president, hangs above the entrance. This is where the morgue is housed. It has been without electricity for some time now and can only be entered wearing a gas mask.
© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankA fighter with a machine gun in one of the rooms pierced by shells. Next to the bed is a grenade launcher and cartridge belt. He uses gestures to explain that the building is being defended from here and allows us to take some photographs.
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A fighter with a machine gun in one of the rooms pierced by shells. Next to the bed is a grenade launcher and cartridge belt. He uses gestures to explain that the building is being defended from here and allows us to take some photographs.
© RIA NovostiThrough the holes in the wall the correspondent was unable to make out a single house that was still intact.

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Through the holes in the wall the correspondent was unable to make out a single house that was still intact.

© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankNamaz.

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Namaz.

© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankResidents of the Syrian city of Homs.
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Residents of the Syrian city of Homs.
© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankGraffiti depicting refugees with a caption written in Arabic and English: “We’ll be back”.
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Graffiti depicting refugees with a caption written in Arabic and English: “We’ll be back”.
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