Homs, Syria's third-largest city, has been reduced to rubble after President Bashar al-Assad's forces laid siege to the rebels holed up in the city.

Now that the rebels have left the city, residents have been returning to retrieve anything salvageable from what's left of their homes.

AFP photographer Joseph Eid captured these atmospheric photos in the Old Town.

Rays of light burst through holes in the roof of Maskuf covered market, or Souk, in the Old City of Homs
Rays of light burst through holes in the roof of Maskuf covered market, or Souk, in the Old City of HomsJoseph Eid/AFP
A woman walks past a burning shop in the Maskuf Souk in the Old City of Homs
A woman walks past a burning shop in the Maskuf Souk in the Old City of HomsJoseph Eid/AFP
A broken guitar lies on the street next to handmade grenades the Old City of Homs
A broken guitar lies on the street next to handmade grenades the Old City of HomsJoseph Eid/AFP
Residents of the Old City of Homs carry their belongings out from their neighbourhood
Residents of the Old City of Homs carry their belongings out from their neighbourhoodJoseph Eid/AFP
Anti-sniper curtains hang over a barricade made of barrels at a former frontline in a destroyed part of the Old City of Homs
Anti-sniper curtains hang over a barricade made of barrels at a former frontline in a destroyed part of the Old City of HomsJoseph Eid/AFP
Sandbags remain on a former frontline in a destroyed neighbourhood of the Old City of Homs
Sandbags remain on a former frontline in a destroyed neighbourhood of the Old City of HomsJoseph Eid/AFP
A woman retrieves belongings from her home in the Old City
A woman retrieves belongings from her home in the Old CityJoseph Eid/AFP
A resident of the Old City of Homs carries rolls of cloth out of a destroyed neighbourhood
A resident of the Old City of Homs carries rolls of cloth out of a destroyed neighbourhoodJoseph Eid/AFP
Syrian children carry shop mannequins in a destroyed neighbourhood of the Old City of Homs
Syrian children carry shop mannequins in a destroyed neighbourhood of the Old City of HomsJoseph Eid/AFP
A mortar round is seen on a road in a destroyed neighbourhood of the Old City
A mortar round is seen on a road in a destroyed neighbourhood of the Old CityJoseph Eid/AFP
Syrians carry their belongings past destroyed buildings
Syrians carry their belongings past destroyed buildingsJoseph Eid/AFP
A heavily damaged building in a destroyed neighbourhood of the Old City of Homs
A heavily damaged building in a destroyed neighbourhood of the Old City of HomsJoseph Eid/AFP
A damaged painting of Christ lies on the ground in the Syrian Orthodox Um al-Zinar church in the Christian Hamidiyeh neighbourhood
A damaged painting of Christ lies on the ground in the Syrian Orthodox Um al-Zinar church in the Christian Hamidiyeh neighbourhoodJoseph Eid/AFP
A man walks through a damaged building in the compound of the Syrian Orthodox Um al-Zinar church
A man walks through a damaged building in the compound of the Syrian Orthodox Um al-Zinar churchJoseph Eid/AFP