At least 100,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict, which started with peaceful protests against Assad's rule in March 2011 but gradually descended into civil war after a military crackdown on the demonstrations.
Nearly two million refugees have fled the sectarian-tinged struggle between mainly Sunni Muslim rebels and President Bashar al Assad's Alawite supporters, whose minority sect is a branch of Shi'ite Islam.
As Assad's troops have moved in the ruined district of Khalidya, new photos have emerged showing the extent of the destruction wreaked on the Syrian city of Homs, which was once an industrial powerhouse in Syria.
Another devastating 'big picture' of Syria. | Aerial view of al-Khalidyah, Homs via AFP pic.twitter.com/fuBgZ4Xj1d— Pacinthe M. (@Pacinthe) July 29, 2013
There is no way to measure the cost of destruction in the country!
Here are some photos showing the shattered and deserted ruins of the Syrian nation.
Reuters - A general view shows debris and damaged buildings in Aleppo.
Reuters - A man inspects damage at a hospital in Deir al-Zor.
Reuters - A Free Syrian Army fighter is reflected in a shattered mirror in Aleppo's Karm al-Jabal district.
Reuters - A general view shows the damaged Khalid bin al Walid Mosque in Homs.
Reuters - Another view of the damaged Khalid bin al Walid Mosque.
Reuters - A view of a damaged building.
Reuters - A Free Syrian Army fighter rides a motorcycle along a damaged street filled with debris in Deir al-Zor.
Reuters - People search for survivors amid the debris of collapsed buildings.
Reuters - Residents try to find their belongings from the damage and debris left of their homes after what activists said was an air attack from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad in Bab Neirab, Aleppo.
These horrifying pictures show no signs of normal life. Everything, it seems, has been destroyed!