Homs (/hɔːms/;Arabic:حمص / ALA-LC: Ḥimṣ), previously known as Emesa (Greek: Ἔμεσα Emesa), is a city in western Syria and the capital of the Homs Governorate. It is 501 metres (1,644ft) above sea level and is located 162 kilometres (101mi) north of Damascus. Located on the Orontes River, Homs is also the central link between the interior cities and the Mediterranean coast.
Previous to the Syrian war, Homs was a major industrial centre, and with a population of at least 652,609 people in 2004, it was the third largest city in Syria after Aleppo to the north and the capital Damascus to the south. Its population reflects Syria's general religious diversity, composed mostly of Arabic-speaking Sunni Muslims and Alawite and Christian minorities. There are a number of historic mosques and churches in the city, and it is close to the Krak des Chevaliers castle, a world heritage site.
Homs did not emerge into the historical record until the 1st century BCE at the time of the Seleucids. It later became the capital of a kingdom ruled by the Emesani dynasty who gave the city its name. Originally a center of worship for the sun god El-Gabal, it later gained importance in Christianity under the Byzantines. Homs was conquered by the Muslims in the 7th century and made capital of a district that bore its current name. Throughout the Islamic era, Muslim dynasties contending for control of Syria sought after Homs due to the city's strategic position in the area. Homs began to decline under the Ottomans and only in the 19th century did the city regain its economic importance when its cotton industry boomed. During French Mandate rule, the city became a center of insurrection and, after independence in 1946, a center of Baathist resistance to the first Syrian governments.
According to the UNRWA, poor environmental health is a major concern as it affects the quality of life and poses health risks for the refugees. The sewage system needs to be expanded to cope with the increasing camp population. The schools are old and dilapidated condition, and some have major structural defects. The UNRWA's main priority in the camp is to reconstruct the schools to provide improved educational facilities.
Smohalla wound up leaving Wallula around 1850 after getting into a disagreement with Walla WallaChief Homli over allowing white settlers to use their traditional lands. “Those who cut up the lands or sign papers for lands will be defrauded of their rights and punished by God’s anger,” Smohalla warned Homli.
A CV that has been shaped by world history and a four-decade career that reflected the best and worst of current events, Bill Neely’s career as a foreign correspondent is one of which many can only dream ... Read More ...Marie Colvin, who I knew very well, was shelled in Homs [Syria] and the shell could have quite easily have landed 20 feet away ... Latest ... .
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DAMASCUS (ArabNews) – A land mine explosion has killed seven people, including a child, in Homs province of central Syria, a war monitor reported ... The Landmine and Cluster Munitions Monitor recorded 182 casualties last year in Syria, mainly from cluster munitions remnants ... ....
BEIRUT. A land mine explosion killed seven people, including a child, in Homs province of central Syria on Saturday, a war monitor reported ...Explosives left in fields, along roads or even in buildings by all sides in Syria’s decade-long conflict have wounded thousands of civilians and killed hundreds of others ... ....
Each time I pack my bags, I remember the time when I left Homs on the 17th of November 2011... To live in a land where no one would care about your last name". I still remember leaving home in Homs ... The weeping continued throughout the journey from Homs to Damascus, then from Damascus to Manchester ... Homs is always in my mind.
Syrian air defences responded on Friday night to an Israeli strike targeting a military airbase in the country's central province of Homs, Syrian state media said ...Syria’s pro-government media said the strikes landed in rural parts of Homs province.
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian air defenses responded on Friday night to an Israeli strike targeting a military airbase in the country’s central province of Homs, Syrian state media said ...Syria’s pro-government media said the strikes landed in rural parts of Homs province.
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian air defenses responded on Friday night to missiles flying over the country's central province of Homs, the Syrian state news agency reported ...Syria’s pro-government media said the strikes landed in rural parts of Homs province.
BEIRUT — Syrian air defenses responded on Friday night to missiles flying over the country's central province of Homs, the Syrian state news agency reported ...Syria's pro-government media said the strikes landed in rural parts of Homs province.
Lebanon claims that Israel violated its airspace while launching attacks on military sites in Al-Qusayr in Syria’s Homs governorate believed to belong to Hezbollah. It says that a missile from an Israeli plane landed in an area of forest near the town of Lehfed, 56 kilometers north of Beirut in the Byblos region.
The backers of the GoldLine said that it would spur development in the east metro when completed. It appears it already has ... Gold Line officials see it as the icing on the economic cake ... “But it is not surprising ... Paul ... But there is more developable land along the route. The Gold Line will run past the vacated HOMFurniture store along Interstate 94 ... .