Al-Qahtaniyah, al-Hasakah Governorate
|Elevation||405 m (1,329 ft)|
|Population (2004 census)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||+3 (UTC)|
Al-Qahtaniyah or Qubour al-Bid (Arabic: القحطانية; Syriac: ܩܒܪ̈ܐ ܚܘܪ̈ܐ Qore Khworih; Kurdish: Tirbespiyê) is an historically Assyrian town of Al-Hasakah Governorate, Syria. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), al-Qahtaniyah had a population of 16,946 in the 2004 census. It is the administrative center of a nahiyah ("subdistrict") consisting of 103 localities with a combined population of 65,685 in 2004.
The former name of the town, "Qubour al-Bid", is derived from the Arabic and Aramaic words "Qubour/Qoreh", both meaning "graves", and "al-Bid/Khworih", both meaning "white". The name of the town therefore means "White graves". Al-Qahtaniyah's current name was adopted in 1962 as a more optimistic name than its old name.
On 13 March 2004, during the 2004 Al-Qamishli riots where 40 Kurds were killed, the population of Al-Qahtaniyah protested at the funerals of the killed. Protesters were shot at and injured in the town.
As of 2004, al-Qahtaniyah is the sixth largest town in Al-Hasakah governorate.
In 2004 the population was 16,946.
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- General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Al-Hasakah Governorate. (Arabic)
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