Syrian Couple Takes Wedding Photos Amid Ruins of Homs

While some find the shoot beautiful, many Syrians view it as insensitive.

February 09, 2016, 1:24 PM
PHOTO: Newly-wed Syrian couple Nada Merhi,and Syrian army soldier Hassan Youssef, pose for a wedding picture amid heavily damaged buildings in the war ravaged city of Homs on Feb. 5, 2016.
Newly-wed Syrian couple Nada Merhi, and Syrian army soldier Hassan Youssef, pose for a wedding picture amid heavily damaged buildings in the war ravaged city of Homs on February 5, 2016.
Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

— -- A Syrian government soldier and his new wife recently held their wedding photoshoot amid the ruins of war-ravaged Homs, Syria.

Photos of the 18-year-old bride, Nada Mehri, and the 27-year-old groom, Hassan Youssef, were taken by professional photographer Jafar Meray Friday, according to international news agency Agence France-Presse.

Meray and the newlyweds wanted "to show that life is stronger than death," he told AFP photographer Joseph Eid.

However, many Syirans from Homs opposed to the rule of Assad have taken to social media to denounce the photos as offensive, considering their city was destroyed by the side of the soldier in the photographs.

The Syrian government imposed sieges on different parts of the city from May 2011 to May 2014 -- withholding food and medical supplies and subjecting the population to intense bombardment by artillery and aircraft.

Newly-wed Syrian couple Nada Merhi, and Syrian army soldier Hassan Youssef, pose for a wedding picture amid heavily damaged buildings in the war ravaged city of Homs on Feb. 5, 2016.
Newly-wed Syrian couple Nada Merhi,18, and Syrian army soldier Hassan Youssef,27, pose for a wedding picture amid heavily damaged buildings in the war ravaged city of Homs on February 5, 2016.
Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

Homs at one point was called the "capital of the revolution."

PHOTO: Newly-wed Syrian couple Nada Merhi, and Hassan Youssef, have their wedding pictures taken in a heavily damaged building in the war ravaged city of Homs on Feb. 5, 2016.
Newly-wed Syrian couple Nada Merhi, and Hassan Youssef, have their wedding pictures taken in a heavily damaged building in the war ravaged city of Homs on Feb. 5, 2016. A Syrian photographer thought of using the destruction of Homs to take pictures of newly wed couples to show that life is stronger than death.
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The most famous siege/shelling situation was during 2012 in the area of Baba Amr, where American journalist Marie Colvin was killed.

PHOTO: Newly-wed Syrian couple Nada Merhi, and Hassan Youssef, have their wedding pictures taken in a heavily damaged building in the war ravaged city of Homs on Feb. 5, 2016.
Newly-wed Syrian couple Nada Merhi, and Hassan Youssef, have their wedding pictures taken in a heavily damaged building in the war ravaged city of Homs on Feb. 5, 2016. A Syrian photographer thought of using the destruction of Homs to take pictures of newly wed couples to show that life is stronger than death.
Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

In March 2014, a negotiated settlement facilitated the withdrawal of rebel factions -- the last of which withdrew this past December.

ABC News' Rym Momtaz contributed to this report.

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