*** Bzeina was retaken by pro-government forces in May 2016 during a government/Hezbollah offensive that succeeded in capturing the entire southern sector of Eastern Ghouta. All of its citizens were displaced and it is currently occupied by government/Hezbollah forces. As no civilians remain, it has been removed from project monitoring efforts. ***
Dates: Was besieged since mid-2013 along with the rest of Eastern Ghouta
Siege classification: Formerly Tier 2
Besieged by: Formerly the Syrian govt.
UN recognized siege?: No
Current population: 0 (as of 6/1/2016); All the citizens were displaced during government/Hezbollah capture in spring 2016
Active Conflict?: Was captured by a government/Hezbollah offensive in March-May 2016, fighting ongoing nearby.
Additional Details: This was a rural area with low population and poor communications. It was part of a region that was considered a "breadbasket" for the other besieged communities in E. Ghouta.