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The medical situation in Damascus' Eastern Ghouta is deteriorating as the Syrian regime's siege of the city surpasses four years, threatening an impending health crisis for civilians in need of treatment.The siege is happening under the watch of the international community, particularly the United Nations, raising questions about its ability to participate in rebuilding Syria in a way that protects civilians and restores stability in the region.After the Syrian regime lost control of Ghouta in 2012 and the outbreak of several battles, the regime imposed a siege on the eastern side of Damascus and its surrounding areas, including Douma, Harasta, Zamalka, Arbin, Kafr Batna, Saqba, Hammourieh, Jisreen and other towns.Thus, Douma, Arbin and other areas fell under a suffocating siege.Because of these changes, the Syrian government now completely controls the flow of aid to all areas of Eastern Ghouta, says Dr. Hamza, a resident of Ghouta.The Syrian-American Medical Association (SAMS) prepared a brief report titled "Under Siege: the Plight of Eastern Ghouta," showing the impact of more than four years of siege on the city.In August 2017, four children died in Eastern Ghouta waiting for the regime's order to evacuate them.Given what is happening in Ghouta, how can Assad and his regime be trusted?
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