Syrian residents are seen reacting after shelling in Douma, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria November 17, 2017. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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Entire families have been buried under the rubble in a rebel-held enclave near Syria's capital, as government forces pursue a nearly weeklong campaign against the area despite a de-escalation deal.The three countries agreed earlier this year to establish de-escalation zones aimed at reducing hostilities in four battleground areas across Syria. The father of two lives in Douma, one of the largest towns in Eastern Ghouta and a regular target of regime raids.Since Tuesday, government bombardment of Eastern Ghouta has killed at least 80 civilians including 14 children, and wounded hundreds more, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.An estimated 400,000 people live in Eastern Ghouta, where a 4-year-old government siege has made food, medicine and other basic necessities either unavailable or too expensive.Regime forces began their bombing assault there last week, after hard-line rebel group Ahrar al-Sham attacked a military base in the nearby town of Harasta.
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