A picture taken on September 7, 2015 shows a general view of damaged buildings in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus as a sandstorm blows over the city. AFP PHOTO / SAMEER AL-DOUMY
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The hardest part of being a medic in the Syrian town of Douma during some of the most intense bombardment in four years of war is deciding who to treat first, knowing that those left for later could well die.The U.N. envoy for Syria condemned the Aug. 16 attack on Douma, describing it as devastating while also saying it had followed "indiscriminate shelling of Damascus" by armed opposition groups.The United States has accused Damascus of that attack, which it estimates killed 1,429 people, including at least 426 children.The recent airstrikes, including the Aug. 16 attack that hit a market, have destroyed more than 200 homes in Douma, according to the Civil Defense of the Damascus Countryside, which operates in rebel-held areas.Seven members of the Civil Defense have been killed in the attacks.We want to say to all parties that are fighting ... 'Keep the civilians out of this,'" said Basel, the doctor.He recalls trying to treat 500 people at the same time, with a team of only five doctors.
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