Screen grab of the wall cutting Baba Amr off from the rest of Homs.
Curfews, shelling, snipers…. More than a year into a deadly crackdown on anti-government protests in Syria, residents of the Baba Amr neighbourhood in the city of Homs thought they had seen it all. Recently, however, Syrian security forces have cobbled together a new method aimed at isolating the city’s most restive neighbourhood: a concrete wall.
Our Observers in Homs have helped us to trace the parametres of the wall and the various military checkpoints throughout the city in the satellite image seen below.
Baba Amr is highlighted in red. The wall is marked out with a black line. In the image, it is clear the wall does not run exclusively along the border of Baba Amr. According to our Observers, this is because it was easier for security forces to build the barrier along a straight line. The red dots indicate military checkpoints.
Our Observers report that the wall is around three metres high and is nearly two kilometres [1.24 miles] long.