Trying to live and work in war-ravaged Homs
4 February 2013 Last updated at 06:51 GMT
The city of Homs has seen some of the most ferocious fighting in Syria, with both sides of the conflict pressing hard for its possession.
It is thought that one third of the estimated 60,000 people killed in Syria over the past two years have died within its streets.
So what is daily life like for those who remain in the city?
Lina Sinjab reports from Homs.