In the Damascus area, Eastern Ghouta is one of a few remaining pockets of opposition control. Syrian ground forces recently broke through rebel lines and have divided the besieged area in two. Douma, Eastern Ghouta’s largest settlement, is now further isolated.

Area controlled by armed

opposition groups

Extent on Feb. 1

As of March 12

NORTH

Nashabiyeh

2 MILES

EASTERN

GHOUTA

AREA

Douma

Kafr

Batna

Harasta

Arbin

Where Assad’s

forces broke

through rebel-

held territory

Damascus

Area controlled by armed opposition groups

2 MILES

Extent of control on Feb. 1

As of March 12

Douma

Where Assad’s forces broke

through rebel-held territory

Harasta

EASTERN

GHOUTA

AREA

Arbin

Kafr Batna

Damascus

Nashabiyeh

Area controlled by armed opposition groups

Extent of control on Feb. 1

As of March 12

2 MILES

Douma

Where Assad’s

forces broke

through rebel-

held territory

Harasta

Shafuniyeh

EASTERN GHOUTA

AREA

Arbin

Otaya

Damascus

Kafr Batna

Nashabiyeh

The month-long bombardment on Eastern Ghouta has led to a humanitarian crisis for its residents. The international community has condemned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russia for obstructing access to the area to distribute food and aid.

Assad regime

Kurdish groups

Islamic State

Armed opposition

TURKEY

Afrin

Aleppo

Raqqa

Latakia

SYRIA

IRAQ

Homs

Palmyra

LEB.

Damascus

100 MILES

JOR.

Assad regime

Armed opposition

Kurdish groups

Islamic State

TURKEY

Manbij

Afrin

Aleppo

IRAQ

Raqqa

Med.

Sea

Deir al-Zour

SYRIA

Hama

Homs

Palmyra

LEB.

100 MILES

Damascus

IRAQ

JORDAN

Situated six miles from Damascus, Eastern Ghouta has been under attack from an offensive launched by Assad’s army that began Feb. 18. UNOSAT analysis of satellite imagery of the area reveals damage that has left the residential population, estimated at 400,000 by the United Nations, isolated and vulnerable.

Assessed damage

between Dec. 2017 and Feb. 23, 2018

Major new damage

Minor

NORTH

Douma

EASTERN

GHOUTA

AREA

Arbin

Area assessed

 

 

62.5 sq. km

 

Damascus

Aleppo

SYRIA

Presidential

Palace

Damascus

Assessed damage

occurring between Dec. 3, 2017 and Feb. 23, 2018

Major new damage

Minor new damage

Douma

Aleppo

SYRIA

EASTERN

GHOUTA

AREA

Damascus

Arbin

Presidential

Palace

Area

assessed

 

 

62.5 sq. km.

 

Damascus

Jaramana

Assessed damage

occurring between Dec. 3, 2017 and Feb. 23, 2018

Major new damage

Minor new damage

Dahiet Ellasad

Aleppo

SYRIA

Douma

Harasta

Damascus

EASTERN

GHOUTA

AREA

Arbin

Presidential

Palace

Area assessed

 

 

62.5 sq. km.

 

Damascus

Jaramana

Satellite imagery also showed many buildings were leveled by airstrikes in the past several weeks. More than 1,000 people have been killed and more than 4,000 were wounded between Feb. 18 and March 4, according to Doctors Without Borders.

Image 1

Image 2

Area

assessed

EASTERN

GHOUTA

Image 3

NORTH

Damascus

Feb. 23

1

March 2

250 FEET

Damaged

structure

2

Feb. 23

250 FEET

March 2

Damaged

roof

3

Feb. 23

March 2

250 FEET

Destroyed

structure

Image 1

Image 2

Image 3

EASTERN

GHOUTA

Area

assessed

Damascus

Feb. 23

March 2

1

250 FEET

Damaged

structure

2

250 FEET

Destroyed

structure

3

3

Damaged

roof

250 FEET

Feb. 23

March 2

Image 1

Image 2

Image 3

EASTERN

GHOUTA

Area

assessed

Damascus

Feb. 23

March 2

1

250 FEET

Damaged

structure

2

250 FEET

Destroyed

structure

3

Damaged

roof

250 FEET

Feb. 23

March 2

A street view of destroyed buildings in Douma, Syria, on March 9. (Mohammed Badra/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

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Preliminary building damage assessment provided by The United Nations Institute for Training and Research - Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNITAR-UNOSAT) and Reliefweb. Damage assessment satellite imagery of provided by Airbus. Control data provided by IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center. Road data provided by OpenStreetMap. Non-damage assessment satellite imagery obtained from March 3 Sentinel-2 image via Remote Pixel.

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