Smoke billows following Syrian government bombardment on the rebel-held besieged towns of the Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus on Mar. 12, 2018.
Syrian regime forces cut off the largest town in Eastern Ghouta from the rest of the opposition enclave in a blow to beleaguered rebels defending their last bastion near Damascus. Government troops and allied militia have recaptured half of the besieged region in a blistering assault launched on Feb. 18 that has left nearly 1,000 civilians dead and prompted global outcry.
Displaced Syrian civilians gather at a government-run shelter after they were evacuated by the army from area, children are shown walking down streets past rubble from destroyed buildings, and Syrian forces, Russian military forces, and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels are shown in the area.