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Having taken control over Douma, the last rebel-held town in the eastern Ghouta[1] on April 8, 2018, pro-government forces took many arbitrary measures against civilians there, as they arrested young men, in contravention of an agreement conducted with Jaish al Islam on April 8, 2018[2], and they even offend the dead who fall in the latest fierce offensive[3]. The well-known “Al-Sindiyana Cemetery”, in Douma, was being bulldozed by Regime forces, from mid-June until July 20, 2018, in order to get rid of the bodies buried there after the suspected...
Preface: The Eastern Ghouta region witnessed one of the worst and most violent military attacks led by Syrian regular forces with the direct backing and support from the Russian military aircraft in the air and foreign militias and auxiliary troops on the ground, during the period from February18,2018untilApril18,2018. Cities and towns of Eastern Ghouta, which had been besieged for several years, were subjected to unprecedented bombardment during this 49-day campaign. Nothing was spared even the concentrations of civilians and their houses, basements, shelters and other medical and civilian facilities, which were actually targets following the systematic...
Introduction: Since the onset of the heaviest military campaign launched by the Syrian regular forces and its Russian allies on eastern Ghouta on February 18, 2018, many civilians were forced to take refuge inside basements or holes that dug by primitive means, thinking that they would be a safe haven from death. Nonetheless, the violent bombardment by the Syrian regime and their allies was able to reach beneath the ground, changed lives of many civilians to inferno, and demolished a number of shelters above heads of those inside. On March 19, 2018, a shelter in...