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Preface: The Siege of eastern Ghouta cities and towns four years ago still claims more lives, especially among the chronically ill persons such as kidney failure, also known as renal insufficiency, and cancer, who suffered doubly from the repercussions of the blockade siege and the denial of access to medical supplies. In mid-2015, a number of armed opposition factions managed to dig tunnels that reach between Eastern Ghouta and areas of the capital, Damascus, so some of the chronically ill persons could get out of Eastern Ghouta and receive treatment in Damascus hospitals, and in parallel,...