Homs provincial governor Talal Barazi (L) jokes with Yacoub El Hillo, a United Nations representative in Syria (C), in old Homs city, May 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri)
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Wafa al-Tarshi dreams of returning to the "palace" she calls home in the Old City of Homs from which she was ejected by Syria's brutal conflict.Government troops are due to move into Homs, Syria's third-largest city, and Wafa and other families who sought refuge in the tiny Christian hamlet of Feiruzeh could go back home.The fighting has ravaged Homs' Old City, where rebels and residents have been under army siege for the past two years, leaving it in ruins, including the Saint Mary of the Holy Belt church in Hamidieh.In Feiruzeh, around 800 families from Homs have had to make do, with many squeezing into one-room homes often in one-story buildings, struggling to make ends meet.
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