*** Al-Qadam surrendered to the Syrian government on 12 March 2018 and several thousand fighters and civilians alike were forcibly transferred to northern Syria under the terms of the deal. It was subsequently reclassified from a Tier 3 besieged area to the Siege Watch Watchlist. ***
Dates: Besieged since mid-2013
Siege classification: Tier 3
Besieged by: Syrian Govt.
UN recognizes siege?: No
Active Truce?: Yes, since September 2014. Negotiations for a full surrender of control to the Syrian government reportedly took place during the summer of 2017 but have not yet materialized into an agreement.
Current population: 3,000 (as of 7/31/17)
Civil control: Al-Qadam Local Council
Military control: Ajnad Al-Sham
Siege-related deaths: No
Aid: Since the local truce there have been some aid deliveries consisting of food baskets, NFIs, and WASH supplies. There is limited access for trade.
Active conflict: No attacks by the pro-government forces since the local truce.
Additional Details: While the government-controlled al-Qadam checkpoint remains open for limited civilian movement, only approximately 15% of the residents are able to take advantage of the eased access restrictions. Checkpoint is still sporadically closed without warning.