The Result of a Loyalist Victory in Syria's Eastern Ghouta? More Violence

MIN READMar 18, 2018 | 13:29 GMT

A child sits in front of the bullet-riddled wall of a former school in Syria's eastern Ghouta, a rebel-held area on the outskirts of Damascus. Syrian government forces recently launched an offensive to retake the enclave and have succeeded in splintering and isolating it.


The jihadist revolution is dying in the eastern suburbs of the Syrian capital, Damascus. Syrian government forces, supported by aerial bombardment and heavy artillery barrages, have split the opposition-held territory of eastern Ghouta into two bastions and are eating away at both. The farmlands on which civilians and fighters in the besieged zones depended for food have fallen to the Syrian army and its related militias. Threatened with starvation and braving the government onslaught, some residents have defied army bombardment and rebel ire with public protests calling on the insurgents to leave. They claim that is the only way to end the hunger, privation, casualties, shelling and chaotic jihadist governance they have endured for years....

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