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Rapid Protection Monitoring Report: Evacuation of Madaya and Az-Zabdani, Rural Damascus


Madaya and Az-Zabdani, sub-districts of Az-Zabdani district of Rural Damascus, have been under siege by the Government of Syria (GoS) since 2015. In April 2017, the GoS entered into an agreement to evacuate besieged Madaya and Az-Zabdani in exchange for the evacuation of GoS areas of Al-Fu’ah and Kafraya of Idleb governorate, which had been under siege by non-state armed groups since March 2016. Evacuation of Madaya and Az-Zabdani began in mid-April, transporting residents of the towns in convoys of buses to Idleb. Although exact numbers are not confirmed, it is estimated that 3,200 people were evacuated from these two villages by April 161. This report from the Syria Protection Cluster Turkey hub focuses solely on the evacuation of Madaya and Az-Zabdani as the access of Turkey hub partners to the evacuees from these villages was limited.


This update is based on information collected by four members of the Protection Cluster from 15 to 20 April 2017.
128 individuals participated in the survey. The majority of respondents were evacuated on 14 and 15 April. The respondents were interviewed in Ma’arrat Misrin community and Idleb city of Idleb governorate. Nearly equal numbers of men and women participated in the survey (65 male and 63 female). 13 key informants (8 male and 5 female) reported they had a disability.

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Assessment Date(s): 
15 Apr 2017 to 20 Apr 2017
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Key Informant Interview
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Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Syrian Arab Republic
Syria: Crisis 2011-2020