*** Beit Sahm surrendered to the Syrian government at the end of April 2018 along with neighboring Yelda and Babbila. Thousands of fighters and civilians alike were forcibly transferred to northern Syria in early May under the terms of the deal. Beit Sahm was subsequently reclassified from a Tier 3 besieged area to the Siege Watch Watchlist. More details in the forthcoming Siege Watch Tenth Quarterly Report - Part 2, which will be published in late summer 2018. ***
Dates: Besieged since mid-2013
Siege classification: Tier 3
Besieged by: Syrian govt.
UN recognizes siege?: No
Active Truce?: Yes, since February 2014
Current population: 15,000 (as of 06/31/16)
Civil control: Beit Sahm Local Council
Military control: FSA-affiliated groups, Jaysh al-Islam, and Ahrar al-Sham
Siege-related deaths: Data unavailable
Aid: Primarily gets supplies through limited trade across government-controlled checkpoints, bribery, and smuggling.
Active conflict: No, pro-government attacks stopped after truce.
Additional Details: During the November 2016-January 2017 period, the Syrian government tried twice to negotiate forcible surrenders with four southern suburbs neighborhoods, including Beit Sahm, but did not follow through on threats. Limited civilian movement across checkpoints, stable humanitarian situation.