Four years of conflict in Syria

A Syrian man prays over the grave of his son, who was killed during shelling, at a cemetery in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma, on March 5, 2015Syria has been wracked since March 15, 2011, by a devastating civil war. It erupted after the repression of peaceful pro-reform protests prompted an armed uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, and has since become many-sided. March 15: unprecedented protests demanding greater civil liberties and freedom for political prisoners erupt after 40 years of iron-fisted rule by the Assad family. Crackdowns in Damascus, Banias and Daraa, cradle of the uprising, where 100 people are reportedly killed on the 23rd.

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