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On both sides of the front line in Syria

Bill Neely spoke to both sides in Syria. Each accuse the other of the same crimes. Photo: ITV News

It's rare to be able to see two bitter enemies across a frontline in one day.

When we did it in Homs today, both sides accused each other of the same crimes, both want revenge and territory and neither is willing to stop fighting.

Syria's army has targeted and killed journalists in Homs this year. Today they took us to the frontline positions to try to persuade us that they are being fired on.

It appeared to be true. The crack of a sniper's bullet is sharp proof, the bullet holes around the soldiers' positions concrete evidence. They have clearly withdrawn tanks and heavy weapons from the streets. We saw none.

The rebels we went to see also claim they are being fired on. That too, was clear.

It's also clear that both sides are losing men. We visited a basic field hospital in a basement where fifteen men had been treated for gunshot and blast injuries. Three others died. The regime is losing men every day as well.

There is no sign that the fighting will stop.

The is no sign of a ceasefire in Homs. Credit: ITV News

There is no sign the UN brokered peace plan is having much of an effect here.

Yes, the heavy weapons are back in barracks but there are plenty of smaller ones to keep up the fight.

There is no sign that the four UN observers in the city are influencing the battle. They are struggling to shore up the peace plan in Homs.

At the moment that is all it is here; a plan. It's nowhere near a reality.

Homs is still at the heart of the uprising in Syria; the very dead centre of this war.

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