A Syrian boy sits at a tombstone shop at the entrance of a cemetery in Damascus on Wednesday as Muslims prepare to celebrate Eid al-Adha during which they visit the graves of their dead relatives put myrtle, water and renovate their tombstones
This picture shows a general view of damaged buildings in the rebel-held area of Douma Syria as a sandstorm blows over the city
A woman pushes a baby stroller as she rushes away after what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria‘s President Bashar al-Assad on a busy marketplace in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus. Syrian government air strikes on rebel-held areas near Damascus killed at least 31 people on Wednesday, and insurgents bombarded the capital with rockets that killed at least 13 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
Children carry bags of new clothes ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan in Jobar, a suburb of Damascus, Syria
Children walk over rubble carrying a bag of bread after airstrikes by warplanes loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Erbeen, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta on Friday
Members of a female commando battalion in the Syrian Army sit atop a tank in the government-controlled area of Jobar, a suburb of Damascus. The battalion consists of several hundred female fighters
A boy stands on rubble as people try to put out a fire after airstrikes and shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the Douma area of Damascus, Syria
A wounded Syrian child receives treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel held area of Douma, northeast of the capital Damascus, after he was injured by a reported air strike fired by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad
Men sell firewood on a rainy day in the Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria on Tuesday. The graffiti on the wall reads: “For the liberation of the humans.”
Residents inspect a damaged site after what activists say were four air strikes by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Douma, eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus
Residents carry an injured man after what activists said were two air strikes by forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad on a market in central Douma, eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus
A Syrian woman holds a ballot paper showing the portraits of the three presidential candidates (LtoR): Maher Abdel Hafiz Hajjar, Hassan Abdallah al-Nuri and President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday during the presidential election at a polling station in central Damascus
A man takes a photo of his friend in front of a poster of Syria‘s President Bashar al-Assad at Umayyad Square in Damascus
Syrians wave flags and placards bearing portraits President Bashar al-Assad during a workers’ rally to support his candidacy in upcoming presidential elections in the capital Damascus
A rebel fighter gestures as he runs across a street in the Mleha suburb of Damascus, during what opposition milita said was an offensive against them by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad
Residents receive food aid at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus in this handout released by Syria‘s national news agency SANA.
Islamist fighters show off their weapons skills at a graduation ceremony at a military training camp in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus, Syria. The fighters will operate under the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham brigade.
Boys search for belongings among the rubble at a site hit by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad, president of Syria, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus.
Syrians feed pigeons at a square in Damascus on Tuesday. Damascus residents come to relax and experience a bit of human warmth and normalcy at public gardens, just a few kilometres from battles between regime forces and rebels.
A Syrian military soldier holds his Ak-47 rifle bearing a sticker with the smiling face of Bashar al-Assad, Syrian president, and Arabic writing that reads, “Syria is fine”, as he stands guard at a check point on a Baghdad street in Damascus, Syria. Opposition groups claimed scores died on Wednesday in a government offensive near Damascus, attacks in which some activists say regime troops used “poisonous gas”. The government has denied the reports