Location in Syria

Coordinates: 33°32′N 36°13′E / 33.533°N 36.217°E / 33.533; 36.217Coordinates: 33°32′N 36°13′E / 33.533°N 36.217°E / 33.533; 36.217
Country  Syria
Governorate Rif Dimashq Governorate
District Qudsaya District
Nahiyah Qudsaya
Elevation 800 m (2,600 ft)
Population (2004 census)[1]
  Total 33,571

Qudsaya (Arabic: قدسيا) is a Syrian city in Rif Dimashq Governorate and the administrative centre of Qudsaya District. The city is located on the western slope of Mount Qasioun, 7 km west of Damascus. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, Qudsaya had a population of 33,571 in the 2004 census.[1] Adjacent to the town is the modern suburb of Dahiyat Qudsaya.


During the Syrian Civil War, the town was taken by the rebels and blockaded by the government in 2012.[2] A truce ending the blockade was reached in November 2013.[3] The government placed the town under siege again in July 2015, until a deal was reached in November 2015 for the rebels to be transferred to Idlib province.[4] On 12 October 2016, armed fighters turned in their weaponry as per the surrender deal in which about 150 rebel fighters from Qudsaya and al-Hamah will be allowed safe-passage to rebel-held areas in Idlib. More than 300 rebel fighters who have chosen to stay behind will have their cases settled.[5][6] The agreement was completed on the following day, with rebels being allowed to leave along with their family members.[7]


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