Douma, a suburb in the rebel-held area of Ghouta, east of Damascus in Syria, has been heavily bombarded by President Bashar al-Assad's forces for several days, following a rebel attack on central Damascus.

On Wednesday 4 February, a rebel group called Islam Army fired more than 120 rockets and mortar rounds into the capital, killing 10 people. The government's response has been intense and prolonged.

At least 82 people were killed on Thursday and Friday as the Syrian Air Force conducted 60 air strikes on Douma.

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A cloud of smoke rises following an air strike by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held area of Douma on 5 February, 2015Abd Doumany/AFP
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A view of the destruction after what activists said were at least 20 government air strikes in the Douma neighbourhood of DamascusMohammed Badra/Reuters
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Residents of Douma carry an injured man, after what activists said were seven air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-AssadBassam Khabieh/Reuters
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An injured man is covered with dust after reported government air strikesBassam Khabieh/Reuters
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A man gives medical assistance to an injured man as two wounded children wait nearby at a field hospital after what activists said was an air strike by government forces in the Douma neighbourhood of DamascusMohammed Badra/Reuters
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An injured man carries a serum bag for another injured civilian in a field hospital after what activists said was shelling by government forces in the Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, on 6 February, 2015Mohammed Badra/Reuters
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Men walk past damaged buildings after reported air strikes in DoumaAmer Almohibany/Reuters

Assad's forces carried out further air strikes on Monday 9 February, flattening buildings and killing at least 15 people.

The rebel-held area has been under an army siege for nearly two years – leaving tens of thousands of civilians short of food and medical supplies.

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A man walks amid debris inside a heavily damaged building following reported air strikes by regime forces in Douma on 9 February, 2015Abd Doumany/AFP
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A boy stands on rubble as people try to put out a fire after what activists said were airstrikes followed by shellingMohammed Badra/Reuters
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Syrian emergency personnel extinguish a fire following reported government air strikesAbd Doumany/AFP
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A man tries to listen for survivors trapped under the rubble of a buildingBassam Khabieh/Reuters
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An injured Syrian man reacts after receiving treatment at a clinic in the rebel-held area of DoumaAbd Doumany/AFP
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A Syrian boy holds his bleeding hand over a waste paper basket as he awaits treatment at a makeshift hospitalAbd Doumany/AFP
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An injured civilian sits inside a shelter as he waits to receive medical assistanceMohammed Badra/Reuters
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A man removes rubble inside a house that was damaged by reported Syrian government air strikes in Douma on 8 February, 2015Mohammed Badra/Reuters

Around 200,000 people have been killed since 2011 in Syria's civil war, which pits President Assad against a range of rebel groups including Islamist brigades and hardline jihadists such as Islamic State (Isis) and al-Qaeda's Nusra Front.