|Governorate||Rif Dimashq Governorate|
|Elevation||689 m (2,260 ft)|
|Population (2004 census)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
Darayya (Arabic: داريا) is a Syrian city administratively belonging to Rif Dimashq. Darayya has an altitude of 689 meters. It has a population of 75,134 as of 2004, making it the 19th largest city per geographical entity in Syria. It is sometimes regarded as a suburb of Damascus. Patriarch Gregory III Laham, the spiritual leader of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church was born here in 15 December 1933 as Lutfy Laham.
Syrian civil war 
During the civil war the city was captured by militants from the Al-Qaeda-related group Jabhat al-Nusra.[when?] It was captured twice by the Syrian army forces: in the end of August 2012 and on 4 January 2013, but in April 2013, fighting continued in the city. Between 20th and 25th August 2012 there happened the Darayya massacre, in which 400-500 people were killed. Responsibility for the massacre remains uncertain.
As of May 2013 there was a Russian-Abkhazian TV crew based in Darayya. The war correspondents were from the Abkhazian Network News Agency (ANNA), providing live footage of their Syrian Army fight against the rebels. Sergey Berezhnoy, a Russian judge and a volunteer reporter for ANNA News, was wounded there by an anti-government sniper in January 2013.
- "Syria: Helicopter crashes in Damascus". BBC News. 2012-08-27.
- Сирия пересчитывает расстрелянных (Коммерсантъ, 27 августа 2012)
- Сирийские войска вытеснили боевиков с юго-запада Дамаска (Russian)
- Эвакуация раненого солдата под Дамаском
- ANNA News
- Российский волонтер ранен в Сирии
- Vacation on Syria’s Front Lines Goes Wrong for Russian Judge
- Daraya, Rif Dimashq Video of bombardment of Darayya during the Syrian civil war - YouTube.
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