Bashar al-Assad's forces are pounding Eastern Ghouta, the besieged rebel-held enclave near the capital. The United Nations has pleaded for a truce to allow in aid deliveries. Nearly seven years into the civil war, the brutality includes fresh claims of chemical weapons use by Damascus. Assad and his Russian and Iranian backers are pressing their advantage in places like Eastern Ghouta and Idlib province. How many more civilians will have to die in the conflict?
Produced by Daniel BARNEY, Tatiana REITER and Van MEGUERDITCHIAN.
Director of Center for Middle East Studies, University of Oklahoma
Director General, Russian International Affairs Council
Research Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Ammar ABD RABBO
Freelance Photo Journalist
France 24 journalist