On May 6, Reuters photographer Bassam Khabieh was in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, covering the arrival of a Red Crescent convoy carrying medical aid and supplies used for activities to give psychological support to children affected by the war. Khabieh: "Whenever the aid convoy entered the Eastern Ghouta, children would gather around it, happy that they were going to be supplied with food and medicine. While I was there, the children asked me to take their pictures so they could see them on the camera's screen. The children gathered around me so I could photograph them. First I took a photo of Ghazal, then her sister Judy who was carrying a baby called Suhair asked me to take a picture of her kissing the baby. While I was taking these photos, a shell landed on the area. The children started to scream and cry amid the dust and blood around them. The shell killed a female volunteer from the Red Crescent. The children were terrified, especially when they saw the female volunteer covered with blood. This was the first time I had seen how children's innocent laughter could turn into screams, fear and tears. Seconds before the strike, the children were looking at me happily, getting ready for a picture. It was a very sad moment when I put my eye to the viewfinder to take pictures of laughing children; then when I looked back after taking the picture, I saw the same children crying, distraught." [11 photos total]

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At left, Ghazal, 4, poses for the photographer along a street near the Syrian Arab Red Crescent center in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, minutes before what activists said was a shelling by forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on May 6, 2015. At right, Ghazal runs from the explosion with her sister Judy, 7, who was carrying an 8-month-old named Suhair. (Bassam Khabieh / Reuters) #
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Rebel fighters walk past a Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy carrying medical and humanitarian aid to be distributed in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus on May 6, 2015. (Bassam Khabieh / Reuters) #
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A rebel fighter inspects a truck of a Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy carrying medical and humanitarian aid to Douma, in Damascus, on May 6, 2015. (Bassam Khabieh / Reuters) #
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Rebel fighters stand around members of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent unloading parcels of medical and humanitarian aid in Douma on May 6, 2015. (Bassam Khabieh / Reuters) #
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Members of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent unload parcels of aid in Douma on May 6, 2015. (Bassam Khabieh / Reuters) #
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Ghazal, 4, stands along a street near the Syrian Arab Red Crescent center, minutes before what activists said was shelling by forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Douma on May 6, 2015. Photographer Bassam Khabieh: “Whenever the aid convoy entered the Eastern Ghouta, children would gather around it, happy that they were going to be supplied with food and medicine. While I was there, the children asked me to take their pictures so they could see them on the camera’s screen. The children gathered around me so I could photograph them.” (Bassam Khabieh / Reuters) #
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Photographer Bassam Khabieh: ”First I took a photo of Ghazal (previous image), then her sister Judy who was carrying a baby called Suhair asked me to take a picture of her kissing the baby.” Judy, age 7, holds 8-month-old Suhair on a street near the Syrian Arab Red Crescent center,in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus on May 6, 2015. (Bassam Khabieh / Reuters) #
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Minutes after having their portraits made and looking at the images on Khabieh’s camera, a shell explodes nearby, and Ghazal, Judy, Suhair, and others react in terror. Activists said the explosive was launched by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on May 6, 2015. (Bassam Khabieh / Reuters) #
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A man gestures after shelling near the Syrian Arab Red Crescent center in Douma on May 6, 2015. (Bassam Khabieh / Reuters) #
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Members of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent carry their colleague, who was killed by the shelling in Douma on May 6, 2015. (Bassam Khabieh / Reuters) #
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A girl receives medical treatment after the shelling that took place during a visit by a Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy to deliver medical aid in Douma on May 6, 2015. (Bassam Khabieh / Reuters) #

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