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In pictures: Syrian newlyweds pose amid the rubble in Homs

Joseph Eid, AFP | Nada Merhi and Hassan Youssef pose for their wedding photos in the devastated Syrian city of Homs on February 5, 2016

The Syrian city of Homs has largely been reduced to rubble during the country’s nearly five-year civil war. But one young couple chose the ruins of the devastated city as the backdrop for their wedding photos last week.

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Syrian army soldier Hassan Youssef, 27, and his 18-year-old bride, Nada, posed for photos in the middle of a deserted street surrounded by bombed-out buildings.

AFP photographer Joseph Eid accompanied the newlyweds and their photographer, Jaafar Merhi, on the unusual shoot.

Mehri told Eid that he picked the location because he wanted to show that “love exists despite the ruins”.

A fierce supporter of President Bashar Al-Assad, Mehri blamed the devastation on “terrorists”, and said the military was only doing its duty when it retook the area by force.

Homs was a centre of the uprising against Assad when it began in 2011, but fell to government forces last December after enduring a two-year siege.

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