Muadamiyat al-Sham

Muadamiyat al-Sham
قرية معظمية الشام
Muadamiyat al-Sham
Coordinates: 33°28′N 36°11′E / 33.46°N 36.19°E / 33.46; 36.19
Country  Syria
Governorate Rif Dimashq Governorate
District Darayya District
Nahiyah Darayya
Population (2004 census)
  Total 52,738
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Muadamiyat al-Sham (Arabic: قرية معظمية الشام; also spelled Moadamiyet al-Sham, Moadamiya or Moadamiyah) is a town in southern Syria, administratively a part of the Darayya District in the Rif Dimashq Governorate, located ca. 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) southwest of Damascus, within an area called the Western Ghouta.[1] Nearby localities include the centre of Darayya to the east, Jdeidat Artouz and Sahnaya to the south, and Qudsaya to the north.

According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, the town had a population of 52,738 in the 2004 census.[2] The town is "famed for its olive orchards".[3]

Syrian civil war

During the Syrian civil war Moadamiyah was encircled and besieged by pro-government forces from April 2013, and was one of the areas of Damascus hit by a sarin attack on 21 August 2013 (Ghouta chemical attack). When a Wall Street Journal reporter visited the town in October 2013, the population of the still-besieged town was down to an estimated 12,500, and residents said food supplies were exhausted.[3] The rebels in control of the town agreed to surrender to the Syrian Army in September 2016.[4][5] They surrendered the town on 19 October and many chose to leave to Idlib along with over 2000 residents.[6] [7][8]


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