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December 12, 2018
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY A man gets stuck under debris at a damaged site...
Damascus, Syria
Pictures of the Year: A picture and its story
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY A man gets stuck under debris at a damaged site after an airstrike in the Saqba area, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria, January 9, 2018. Reuters photographer Bassam Khabieh: "I was going to take daily-life photos in eastern Ghouta, which was besieged by Syrian government forces at the time, when a warplane dropped what looked like a large bomb that descended by parachute. I heard a massive explosion and headed for the targeted area. When I arrived, I saw enormous destruction and heard voices calling for help. Abu Abdullah was buried to his waist in rubble. I was struck by how calm he appeared as the White Helmet rescue workers tried to dig him out. Although he knew he had lost his son and was wounded himself, he did not scream. He even tried to help his rescuers. I heard him saying, 'We belong to God and to God we return', something people say when they believe they're going to die. One of the big concerns when covering the aftermath of an attack was the risk that the warplanes would hit the same place once the first responders arrived. I heard the sound of a warplane overhead while covering this attack, and I was worried it might strike. The area was crowded with rescue workers, medics and journalists, and I did my best to find a place to take photos without causing an obstruction." REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh SEARCH "POY STORY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS POY" FOR ALL BEST OF 2018 PACKAGES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
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