Residents of Azaz Begin to Return
Created: 2012-07-25 16:51 EST
A homecoming in Syria.
After rebel forces gain control of the town of Azaz residents are starting to come home.
The town has been the site of heavy fighting over the past month. Now streets are marked by war.
[Abu Khaled, Azaz resident]:
"Assad's planes are hitting us night and day and his tanks are shelling us from north and east. We have no electricity and no water, we are living in very, very hard conditions. We pray to God that it will never happen again, however thanks to God we achieved our goal and we liberated Azaz."
One man shows the hole in the wall his family used to escape the violence. They left Azaz after seven days of hiding out after they ran out of food and water.
Many parts of the town now stand in ruins.
Video shot last week shows the town's hospital standing empty. Bullet casings can be seen on the floor.
Rebels say many of the government troops had retreated to a base just outside the city. Rebels say they have surrounded the base and are waiting for the troops to surrender.