In post-war areas of Syria, mines upend civilian lives | AFP

In the Eastern Ghouta region just outside Damascus, soldiers sweep a hamlet and surrounding fields for hidden explosives, more than a year after rebels were ousted.

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A slow road to recovery for East Ghouta’s farmlands | AFP

The former opposition stronghold of Eastern Ghouta was once the breadbasket of Damascus, providing rich harvests of apricots and vegetables to the capital. But a five-year siege by Damascus and an intense bombing campaign that drove out opposition forces from the area last year has taken its toll on farmlands and crops.

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Christmas joy missing in rubble of Syria town

With Christmas approaching, Nabil al-Aash dusts off religious books as he attempts to tidy up the war-scarred Saint George Church in the town of Arbin, northeast of the Syrian capital Damascus. Retaken in the spring by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad during a brutal offensive to capture the rebel stronghold of Eastern Ghouta, Arbin is anything but festive.

Traditional aubergine meal back on the table in Eastern Ghouta

A Syrian family in the northwestern Damascus suburb of Qudsaya prepares a traditional eggplant dish called “Makdous”, a famous recipe they can once again enjoy after eggplants started growing again in Eastern Ghouta and access to ingredients became available following years of conflict where supplies were low.

Syrian artists transform militant-built tunnels into sculpture galleries

Formerly a hiding place for militants, the underground tunnels in Syria’s liberated Eastern Ghouta are now transformed into an artistic exhibition. Their walls are being turned into sculptures with scenes of battle and bravery. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9c29

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Syrian army strikes against remaining ISIS in southern Damascus

Heavy shelling struck the district of al-Hajar al-Aswad, to the south of Damascus on Saturday, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) worked to gain further ground against the remaining members of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) still in the capital.
The offensive comes after the Syrian military announced the full recapture of Eastern Ghouta from militants late last month.

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Russian military finds alleged chemical weapons lab in Douma

An alleged chemical arsenal was discovered by Russian servicemen in the basement of a high-rise apartment building in the Eastern Ghouta city of Douma on Tuesday.
A statement by the Russian Ministry of Defence reports that chemicals such as chlorine, thiodiglycol and diethylamide were found.
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Investigators to probe alleged chemical attack in Douma

Images of destruction in Eastern Ghouta’s main town of Douma, showing a labyrinth of tunnels left behind by rebel fighters. International investigators have entered the town hit by an alleged chemical attack, after days of delay and warnings by Western powers that crucial evidence had likely been removed.