*** Marj al-Sultan was captured by pro-government forces in January 2016, and was moved to the Watchlist. It has remained a hot front lines area and its citizens have all been displaced. 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: Watchlist (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 January 2016
Active conflict: Fighting is ongoing nearby as pro-government forces continue their offensive
Additional Details: This is 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.