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'Hell on Earth': Inside Syria’s Eastern Ghouta

The UN has called for a ceasefire to allow delivery of aid and evacuation of the wounded.

Eastern Ghouta, the rebel-held enclave on the outskirts of Damascus, has been hit by some of the worst violence in the Syrian conflict to date. This week UNICEF released a blank statement in response to the ongoing violence, explaining that "no words will do justice to the children killed, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones."

According to reports, over 250 civilians have been killed in airstrikes and shelling from pro-government forces since Sunday night. The UN has called for a ceasefire, describing the scene there as a "hell on earth."

A young boy is seen among the debris of buildings after an airstrike in the Eastern Ghouta region. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images A young boy is seen among the debris of buildings after an airstrike in the Eastern Ghouta region. A rescue worker carries a boy who was saved after an airstrike. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images A rescue worker carries a boy who was saved after an airstrike. Plumes of smoke following a reported Assad regime airstrike in the rebel-held town of Hamouria. Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images Plumes of smoke following a reported Assad regime airstrike in the rebel-held town of Hamouria. A woman and children run for cover amid the rubble of buildings after heavy bombardment in Hamouria. Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images A woman and children run for cover amid the rubble of buildings after heavy bombardment in Hamouria. A man carries an infant rescued from the rubble in Hamouria. Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images A man carries an infant rescued from the rubble in Hamouria. A child waits to receive medical treatment at a field hospital after airstrikes in Kafr Batna. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images A child waits to receive medical treatment at a field hospital after airstrikes in Kafr Batna. Members of the Syrian civil defense evacuate an injured civilian on a stretcher from an area hit by a reported regime air strike on the rebel-held town of Saqba. Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images Members of the Syrian civil defense evacuate an injured civilian on a stretcher from an area hit by a reported regime air strike on the rebel-held town of Saqba. Ghaith, a wounded 12-year-old Syrian boy, cries as he waits at a make-shift hospital in Kafr Batna for treatment and news of his mother in the operating room after they were wounded in air strikes on the town of Jisreen. Ammar Suleiman/AFP/Getty Images Ghaith, a wounded 12-year-old Syrian boy, cries as he waits at a make-shift hospital in Kafr Batna for treatment and news of his mother in the operating room after they were wounded in air strikes on the town of Jisreen.

Ammar Suleiman/AFP/Getty Images Wounded Syrians wait to receive treatment at a make-shift hospital in Kafr Batna. Syrian jets carried out more deadly raids on February 21 in Eastern Ghouta as Western powers and aid agencies voiced alarm over the mounting death toll and spiralling humanitarian catastrophe.