Syria’s President Bashar al Assad has been touring the flashpoint district of Baba Amr in Homs.
Fighting between government troops and rebel forces raged on here for weeks. Hundreds reportedly died and the scale of the devastation is clearly visible.
State television showed Assad meeting a group of local supporters and assuring them that reconstruction efforts would begin within weeks. He also agreed to make available a detailed timetable so that people, he said, can understand when life will return to normal.
It is hard, however, to imagine things here going back to how they were. Baba Amr was an emblem of opposition and rebel army defiance for more than three weeks and activists say his visit will trigger a fresh wave of deadly attacks against opposition forces