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Residents in Syria's eastern Ghouta face tightened siege

The Syrian regime tightened its siege on eastern Ghouta, and the infighting within the opposition factions will likely contribute to the regime’s seizure of Ghouta.
A man inspects a line of bread to be distributed as aid in the rebel held besieged city of Douma, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria April 15, 2017. Picture taken April 15, 2017. The bakery was reopened by the Unified Aid Office, which is in charge of distributing aid in eastern Ghouta, to alleviate the impact of a rise in bread prices to $2 per kg, according to the men running the bakery.  REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTS12J6P

Mona Mohammed has been trying to adapt to a new lifestyle that was imposed on her by the Syrian regime's siege of eastern Ghouta, to the east of Damascus, on March 21.

Mohammed, a teacher based in the city of Douma — the most populated city in opposition-controlled Ghouta — has been forced to bake at home and cook on firewood due to the lack of gas and the exorbitant price of bread. She rushes to recharge her electronic devices as soon as the generators start operating, because generators, the only source of electricity, only run for about 1½ hours whenever residents have the fuel to power them.

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