Slowly but surely, the carnage in Syria has come to the capital, a city which had previously been insulated from the country’s mounting civil war.

Scorched Earth

In just two days, some 2,000 Syrian refugees have crossed the border to Lebanon, fleeing a monthlong assault on Homs. One of the last to leave the embattled neighborhood of Baba Amr tells of the rebel stronghold’s final days—and what became of the fighters who left it behind.

Recuperating in Lebanon, Zakaria Moutlak describes why he joined the rebels in Homs and what he endured. Katie Paul reports.