Syrian government forces in Homs
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Syria crisis: The remains of devastated Homs

8 May 2014 Last updated at 19:49 BST

Rebel fighters have completed their withdrawal from the central city of Homs, according to officials and activists.

It marks the end of three years of resistance in Syria's third city, once dubbed the "capital of the revolution".

In footage from Homs, troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad can be seen waving flags on the streets and the extent of the devastation inflicted on the city is clear.

The BBC's Paul Wood reports.