Douma was hit by tragedy again on Sunday when the Syrian regime hit a marketplace with several airstrikes, killing more than 100 people. A day later President Bashar al-Assad bombed the city near Damascus again.
It wasn't the first time Douma's been targeted by government air raids; they're a regular target in the Syrian conflict as a city in the rebel-held area of Eastern Ghouta. There have been at least 60 airstrikes conducted on Ghouta in the first six months of this year, killing more than 500 people, according to Amnesty International.
Yet this week's has been the deadliest in the span of the four-year civil war, and the death toll is likely to rise. Witnesses were quoted as saying many of those casualties came from trying to rescue civilians after the first airstrike as several more followed.
We can say all we want about the deadly attacks, but sometimes a photo is worth a thousand words. Here are five from Douma — some new, some old — that say far more than words could ever capture. (Warning: The last one is graphic and NSFW.)
Maya, a 4-year-old Syrian girl, lies in a hospital bed after she was injured the day before following airstrikes on Sunday. (AFP/Sameer al-Doumy)
A young wounded Syrian girl waits for treatment at the Unified Medical Office for Douma, a make-shift medical center. (AFP/Abd Douman)
Emergency personnel carry a wounded man following airstrikes on a market in Douma, Syria, on Sunday. (AFP/Sameer al-Doumy)
Arm of a victim in a regime airstrike found. (Twitter)
Syrian emergency personnel arrange dead bodies wrapped in shrouds on Aug. 16, 2015. (AFP/Sameer al-Doumy)
By Hayat Norimine
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