Syrian troops tried to retake the Bab Amr neighborhood in Homs, an opposition stronghold, on Wednesday, The Post’s Liz Sly reports. Backed by tanks, the troops entered Baba Amr but were met with resistance from the rebel Free Syrian Army, according to activists.

Flames rise from a house in Baba Amr after government shelling Feb. 22. There are no photographs yet of today’s ground offensive. (Local Coordination Committees in Syria via Associated Press)

An unnamed Syrian official told the Associated Press that the city would be “cleaned” within hours.

Below, watch a live feed from Homs of the fighting in Baba Amr:

Monica Garcia Prieto, a Middle East correspondent for several Spanish-language news sites, tweeted this ominous message Wednesday:

We’ve lost communication with #BabaAmr media center yesterday night. Last message from there was ‘we gonna be killed very soon’ #Homs #Syria

— Monica García Prieto (@monicagprieto) February 29, 2012

Read Sly’s full story on the Homs ground offensive here.