Typical olive field in the valleys surrounding Idlib


Location in Syria

Coordinates: 35°56′N 36°38′E / 35.933°N 36.633°E / 35.933; 36.633
Country  Syria
Governorate Idlib Governorate
District Idlib District
 • Governor Atef Ghanem al-Naddaf
Elevation 500 m (1,600 ft)
Population (2004 census[1])
 • City 98,791
 • Metro 126,284
Area code(s) 23
Website eIdleb

Olive fields at the outskirts of the city. Idlib is major production center of olives

Idlib (Arabic: ادلب‎, also spelled Edlib or Idleb) is a city in northwestern Syria, capital of the Idlib Governorate, and 59 kilometers (37 mi) west of Aleppo. It has an elevation of nearly 500 meters (1,600 ft) above sea level. In the 2004 census by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Idlib had a population of 98,791 (2004 census). The inhabitants are overwhelmingly Sunni Muslims,[2] although there is a significant Christian minority. Idlib is divided into six main districts: Ashrafiyeh (the most populous), Hittin, Hejaz, Downtown, Hurriya, and al-Qusur.

A major agricultural center of Syria, the Idlib area is also historically significant, containing many “dead cities” and man-made tells. Idlib contains the ancient city of Ebla, once the capital of a powerful kingdom.[3] (See Ibrium)


[edit] History

[edit] Ottoman era

During the [4]

[edit] Syrian civil war

Idlib has been an opposition stronghold during the [7]

The city and nearby towns have been targeted for hosting large numbers of armed groups such as the [10]

On 30 April 2012, many security buildings in the centre of Idlib became the target of several car bombs placed by anti-government groups, causing the death of 8 people and more than a hundred injured civilians.[11]

[edit] Economy

Idlib is a major production center for [3]

The Idlib Regional Museum in the city contains over 17,000 of the Ebla tablets and serves as Idlib’s main tourist attraction, excluding the nearby ancient site of Ebla itself. Under the Technical and Financial Cooperation Agreement between the governments of Italy and Syria, the museum was to undergo a restoration and renovation project starting in 2010.[14]

[edit] Sports

Idlib Municipal Stadium is the main football venue in the city.

[edit] Gallery

35.933; 36.633

[edit] References

  1. ^ Idlib city population
  2. ^ Associated Press. 2012-03-13. Retrieved on 2012-03-13.
  3. ^ c Casule, 2008, p.56.
  4. ^ b Baedeker, 1912, p.376.
  5. ^ b Porter, 1868, p. 580.
  6. ^ Inalcik, 1997, p.501.
  7. ^ “Syria unrest: Jabal al-Zawiya ‘massacres. BBC News. 2012-01-19. Retrieved 2012-02-08.
  8. ^ Cave, Peter. Syrians fear mass attack imminent in Idlib. ABC News. 2012-03-09.
  9. ^ Al Jazeera. 2012-03-12.
  10. ^ Syria: Aid groups mark year of protest with unity call. BBC News. 2012-03-15. Retrieved on 2012-03-15.
  11. ^ Idlib shaken by car bombs
  12. ^ Encyclopaedia Brittanica. Encyclopaedia Brittanica Inc. 2012. Retrieved on 2012-03-11.
  13. ^ Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 1996, p. 147.
  14. ^ Ferrari, 2009, p. 522.

[edit] Bibliography

[edit] External links

[edit] News and Events

  • eIdleb The first complete website for Idleb news and services.
  • The 1st. complete website in Arabic.

[edit] Governmental Services

  • The First Complete Governmental Online Services

Source: Wikipedia

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