Mideast Syria

July 9, 2013 - 7:35 AM
In this Sunday, July 7, 2013, citizen journalism image provided by Lens Young Homsi, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, black smoke rises from buildings damaged by Syrian government airstrikes and shelling in Homs, Syria. A Syrian government official claimed that the army wrested a contested district of the key city from rebels on Monday after ten days of fierce fighting. But two activists based in the city denied the claim, saying rebels were under heavy fire but still holding on. (AP Photo/Lens Young Homsi)