World Focus

'Hell on earth': Eastern Ghouta the latest flashpoint in Syria's civil war

Eastern Ghouta is the latest flashpoint in Syria's civil war which enters its eighth year next month. Despite a UN ceasefire vote that was passed last Saturday, the human toll continues to climb.

DOUMA (Syria) • There is nowhere to hide, say residents of a besieged enclave of satellite towns and farms just outside Damascus.

"Every day goes like this: Bombings, then I clean the house from the effect of the nearby shelling, then we hide in one room, attempting to survive or die together," said former teacher Nisma al-Hatri.

Please or to continue reading the full article.

Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month

  • Latest headlines and exclusive stories
  • In-depth analyses and award-winning multimedia content
  • Get access to all with our no-contract promotional package at only $0.99/month for the first 3 months*

*Terms and conditions apply.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2018, with the headline ''Hell on earth''. Subscribe