Burned book inside St. Elias church, Qusair, Syria
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Syria: Lyse Doucet in Qusair, ripped apart inside out

6 June 2013 Last updated at 22:38 BST

Syrian government forces have been consolidating their hold on villages around the key town of Qusair which they seized from rebel fighters on Wednesday after a two week offensive.

The fierce fighting over Qusair reflects its strategic importance as it sits on a key route north from the capital Damascus and close to the border with Lebanon.

The BBC's Lyse Doucet was the first western journalist to enter Qusair after it fell and returned a day later to see how it had changed.

She says as well as the shocking physical destruction, the town's social fabric has been ripped apart.