Report from Harasta, Damascus | November 7th 2018 | Syria

Harasta lies in Eastern Ghouta, recaptured this spring by Syrian troops with a deal that saw thousands of jihadists and their supporters bussed to "opposition" territory elsewhere.

Harasta was once home to 250,000 people, most of them Syrians from elsewhere in the country who worked in the capital but sought cheap rent.

Many of Harasta’s large residential blocks or industrial complexes have been pulverized by strikes, artillery, and mortars.

They stand like massive grey honeycombs overlooking dusty streets still stripped of signs of life, months after fighting has stopped.