As the buses with people who were forced from their homes left parts of Eastern Ghouta, government forces and allied militia moved in after five years of siege and bombings.
Pro-Assad government television crews rushed in to show how the enclave had been run by rebel fighters, who they call “terrorists”.
Relentless bombardment had forced people underground into basements. Aid workers say people often spent days in poor living conditions inEastern Ghouta.
Many were unable to leave, fearing shelling and bombing.
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