By Lyse Doucet
Travel through parts of Homs and you move through a virtual ghost town.
Sprawling neighbourhoods stand deserted, desolate, destroyed in a haunting monument to months of brutal conflict.
On some streets, you walk on a carpet of glass. Every window in every building is shattered.
Gunfire rings out night and day, with occasional bursts of shelling. There is no ceasefire here and there will not be for some time.
Homs, a lively Syrian city once regarded as a place of peaceful co-existence, has borne the brunt of violence in Syria's 14-month long uprising.
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