Despite their frequent triumphs against Islamic State terrorists in some cities, the ruins in Homs are a tragic example of how world powers, including the U.S. and Russia, have utterly failed in Syria.
More than 260,000 people have died in the Middle Eastern country in less than five years, of who an estimated 76,000 were innocent civilians.
Homs, along with Aleppo and Damascus, is among the most war-torn cities in Syria. It was once a bustling place, home to around a million people. In fact, it used to be the hub of the nation’s industrial and agricultural sectors.
It was also the first one to protest against President Bashar al Assad’s government in 2011, in the wake of Arab Spring uprisings.
But after years of bombing, shelling and firing, it has turned into a post-apocalyptic ghost town, as shown in drone footage above shot by a group called Russia Works.
Currently it appears as if ISIS is solely responsible for the devastation in Syria. It sure is but West-backed rebel groups, Russia and the U.S.-led international coalition are all equally responsible for the staggering death toll. However, most of the civilian casualties are caused by attacks carried out by the Syrian Arab Republic Government and pro-SARG forces, according to USAID.
Although Homs, the third-largest Syrian city, is slowly picking up the pieces following a local truce between rebel and government forces, recovery could be a decades-long process. Just last month, multiple bombings targeted a government-run security checkpoint in the city, killing at least 20 people.