Dates: Besieged since November 2012
Siege classification: Tier 3
Besieged by: Syrian govt.
UN recognizes siege?: No
Active Truce?: No
Current population: 74,000 in Talbiseh city and the surrounding countryside (as of 10/31/2016)
Civil control: Talbiseh Local Council
Military control: FSA-affiliated groups
Siege-related deaths: Yes, but no accurate statistics available.
Aid: Talbiseh was reached with one interagency UN convoys during the August-October reporting period on September 19.
Active conflict: Yes. Talbiseh was targeted with Syrian and Russian airstrikes throughout the period. From 15 – 17 September, Talbiseh was targeted daily with shelling, barrel bombs, and intense Russian airstrikes with cluster munitions. The attacks paused on the evening of the 18th and the day of the 19th for a UN interagency aid convoy to reach Talbiseh and distribute humanitarian assistance. After the aid trucks departed, attacks on Talbiseh resumed.
Additional Details: People forcibly displaced from al-Waer and nearby rural villages were transported into al-Rastan and Talbiseh, leading to an increase in the estimated population for both areas. Talbiseh city and the surrounding countryside under the siege cordon includes a relatively large amount of agricultural land. People are able to rely on local food production and smuggling routes, making it more difficult for the pro-forces to besiege the area at a high level of intensity. Still, bread shortages were reported despite the fact that wheat is still produced in the agricultural areas under siege.