Despite a crippling siege, infighting and a ferocious wave of bombardment, Syrian rebels have clung on to their Eastern Ghouta stronghold near Damascus -- but a looming ground offensive might finally oust them.
A renewed regime air campaign has left nearly 200 civilians dead in just three days, and signals the government is gearing up to make an all-out push to seize the enclave.
When Syrians broke out in protest against leader Bashar al-Assad's rule in 2011, Eastern Ghouta joined in, and rebels captured it the following year.
Rebel control is now divided between two groups: Jaish al-Islam and Faylaq al-Rahman, both of which have pledged to mount a fierce defence against a regime assault.
The fighters have already survived five years of bombardment and siege, drawing on their local roots and smuggling tunnels.
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