BEIRUT - Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad recaptured the shattered Baba Amr district in central Homs on Tuesday, an opposition monitoring group said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said pro-government forces regained the district, left largely uninhabitable by fierce campaigns of rocket fire and air raids, after more than two weeks of fighting off a surprise push by rebels to retake their former bastion.
Homs, and particularly Baba Amr, was the epicenter of the armed rebellion against four decades of Assad rule. The two-year uprising, which began as peaceful protests, has since spiraled into a full scale civil war across the country.
The city, 140 km (88 miles) north of Damascus, lies on a road juncture linking army bases on the Mediterranean coast and government forces in the capital Damascus.