The Siege Watch project uses an extensive network of reporting contacts on the ground in Syria to gather up-to-date information on Syria’s besieged communities, where trapped civilians have been suffering for years with little help from the outside world.
In the past year there have been few positive improvements for the residents under long-term siege by the Syrian military and affiliated militias in communities around Damascus and in northern Homs province. With the 2015 additions of Deir Ezzor and several towns in the mountains northwest of Damascus City, there are well over 1,000,000 people currently suffering under siege in Syria. Russian airstrikes and the start of yet another winter have exacerbated this humanitarian crisis, making the need for a solution more critical than ever. The deliberate starvation of civilians and other aspects of the sieges are war crimes under international law and violate UN Security Council Resolutions 2139 (2014), 2165 (2014), and 2191 (2014).
In December 2015, Phase I of the project launched with the publication of the Siege Watch website and interactive map. Phase II – the Siege Watch quarterly report series – in scheduled to begin in February 2016.
Visit the Siege Watch website to view the map data, and to learn more about the project background, mission, and methodology.
Table of besieged communities in Syria from upcoming Siege Watch quarterly report, released 02 January 2016:
Siege Watch is a joint initiative of The Syria Institute and PAX, a Dutch NGO that focuses on peace, security, and civilian protection.