Muadamiyat al-Sham

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Muadamiyat al-Sham
معضمية الشام
Muadamiyat al-Sham is located in Syria
Muadamiyat al-Sham
Muadamiyat al-Sham
Coordinates: 33°28′N 36°11′E / 33.46°N 36.19°E / 33.46; 36.19
Country  Syria
Governorate Rif Dimashq Governorate
District Darayya District
Nahiyah Darayya
Population (2004 census)[1]
 • Total 52,738
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Muadamiyat al-Sham (Arabic: معضمية الشام‎; transliterations include Moadamiya and Moadamiyah) is a city in southern Syria, administratively part of the Rif Dimashq Governorate, located 10km southwest of Damascus. Nearby localities include Darayya to the east, Jdeidat Artouz and Sahnaya to the south, and Qudsaya to the north. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, the city had a population of 52,738 in the 2004 census.[1] The city is "famed for its olive orchards".[2]

Syrian civil war[edit]

During the Syrian civil war Moadamiyah was encircled and besieged by pro-government forces from April 2013, and was one of the areas of Damascus hit by a sarin attack on 21 August 2013 (Ghouta chemical attack). When a Wall Street Journal reporter visited the city in October 2013, the population of the still-besieged city was down to an estimated 12,500, and residents said food supplies were exhausted.[2]