Barzeh, Syria

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Barzeh is located in Syria
Coordinates: 33°33′24″N 36°19′14″E / 33.55667°N 36.32056°E / 33.55667; 36.32056Coordinates: 33°33′24″N 36°19′14″E / 33.55667°N 36.32056°E / 33.55667; 36.32056
GovernoratesDamascus Governorate
 • Total47,339

Barzeh (Arabic: برزة‎, also transliterated Berzé) is a municipality and a neighborhood to the north of Damascus, Syria.[2] According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, Barzeh had a population of 47,339 in the 2004 census.[1]


The municipality has been active in the Syrian civil war. The Sunni Barzeh neighborhood is largely pro-opposition. However, the neighboring Alawite "slum" Esh al-Warwar is largely pro-government.[3][4] The Barzeh area has been under truce between the rebels and government since 2014.[3][5] On 1 April 2015, the rebels (Jaish al-Islam and the Free Syrian Army's First Brigade) launched a military campaign to expel the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant from the Barzeh and Qaboun neighborhoods,[6][7] which ended in success three days later.[8] On 8 February 2016, an IS car bomb targeting a government officer's club killed eight people in Masakin Barzeh.[9] On 29 May 2017 the Syrian government regained control of the entire district.[10]


  • Al-Abbas (pop. 23,112)
  • Barza al-Balad (pop. 31,634)
  • Ish al-Warwar (pop. 20,458)
  • Al-Manara (pop. 10,199)
  • Masakin Barzeh (pop. 15,705)
  • An-Nuzha (pop. 6,488)


The Higher Institute for Applied Sciences and Technology has its main campus in the Hameesh area[11] of Barzeh.


  1. ^ a b Damascus city population[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Khaled Yacoub Oweis (18 July 2012). "Battles break out near Syrian presidential palace". Reuters. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b Lina Sinjab (18 January 2014). "In Syria, few conciliatory signs as peace talks loom". BBC. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  4. ^ Nir Rosen (12 October 2011). "Assad's Alawites: An Entrenched Community". Al-Jazeera. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  5. ^ Joshua Hersh (26 February 2014). "Syrian Government Sees An End Game, Block By Block". Huffington Post. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  6. ^ "ISIS encroaches on east Damascus". NOW. 17 April 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Damascus: Islam Army attacks ISIS bases in Qaboun, Barzeh neighborhoods". Zaman al-Wasl. 17 April 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Syrian rebels defeat ISIS in Damascus". Ara News. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  9. ^ Anne Barnard (9 February 2015). "ISIS, in a First, Says It Was Behind Attack in Syrian Capital". New York Times. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Evacuation of rebels from Damascus district complete, city governor says". Reuters. 29 May 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  11. ^ "HIAST". Facebook. Retrieved 18 April 2018.