This photo shows how the horrors of war have become part of everyday life in Syria

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Reuters

  • Reuters photographer named Bassam Khabieh captured an eerie scene in a Syrian town outside of Damascus on Friday.
  • The image shows local civilians inspecting, staring at, and walking by a missile that had been fired at the town by Russia or the Syrian regime – a sobering example of the harsh realities they face each day.
  • “We are waiting our turn to die. This is the only thing I can say,” said Bilal Abu Salah, 22, whose wife is five months pregnant with their first child.

A Reuters photographer named Bassam Khabieh captured an eerie scene in the Syrian town of Douma on Friday, which is located in the Eastern Ghouta region outside of Damascus.

The image captured by Khabieh shows local civilians inspecting, staring at, and walking by a missile that had been fired at the town by Russia or the Syrian regime.

The missile appears to be a Russian-made Tochka.

Although Russia and the Syrian regime began increasing bombing runs in Eastern Ghouta in early January – which has killed and injured hundreds, if not thousands, of civilians – this last week has been exceptionally horrific.

About 250 civilians were killed in one 48-hour stretch earlier this week, the heaviest bombing experienced in seven years.

“We are waiting our turn to die. This is the only thing I can say,” said Bilal Abu Salah, 22, whose wife is five months pregnant with their first child in Douma.

“We no longer have the words to describe children’s suffering and our outrage,” UNICEF also said. “Do those inflicting the suffering still have words to justify their barbaric acts?”