An eerie silence prevails in Assad’s ‘reconstructed’ Homs

More than 20,000 families have returned to Syria’s Homs in the past two years, according to the city’s governor, yet an eerie emptiness prevails in the area that has been under complete regime authority since 2014.


The government has actively encouraged and incentivised an influx of Assad loyalists from the Alawite heartlands on the Mediterranean coast. Though they are not transplanted into the heart of the city, new housing projects on the southern periphery house the demographic change.

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