Al-Qahtaniyah, al-Hasakah Governorate
|Elevation||405 m (1,329 ft)|
|Population (2004 census)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||+3 (UTC)|
Al-Qahtaniya, Qbor el-Bid (Arabic: القحطانية; Syriac: ܩܒܪ̈ܐ ܚܘܪ̈ܐ Qabre Ḥewore; Kurdish: Tirbespiyê) is a town of Al-Hasakah Governorate, Syria. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), al-Qahtaniya had a population of 16,946 in the 2004 census. The majority of the population is Kurdish, but there is also a significant number of Assyrians/Syriacs. Both ethnic groups have lived there since the establishment of the city in late 1920's. At this time the counsellor or general secretary (mustašār) of the Jazire area was located in Amuda. Al-Qahtaniya's current name was adopted in 1962 as a more optimistic name than its old name (Qbor el-Bid) which means "White graves".
On 13 March 2004, during the 2004 Al-Qamishli riots where 40 Kurds were killed, the population of Al-Qahtaniya protested at the funerals of the killed. Protesters were shot at and injured in the town.
The Assyrian poet and author, Tuma Gawriye Nahroyo, (1936-2002) was from Al-Qahtaniyah.
- General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Al-Hasakah Governorate. (Arabic)
- "Report by the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Theo van Boven Syrian Arab Republic". Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- "Tyrkisk avis: Kurdistan nr. 2 bliver dannet". Jiyan (in Danish). 22 July 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
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