Al-Qahtaniyah, al-Hasakah Governorate

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This article is about the town in Al-Hasakah Governorate in Syria. For other towns with the same name, see Al-Qahtaniyah.
Al-Qahtaniya is located in Syria
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 37°1′39″N 41°37′49″E / 37.02750°N 41.63028°E / 37.02750; 41.63028
Country  Syria
Governorate Al-Hasakah Governorate
District Al-Qamishli District
Nahiyah Al-Qahtaniyah
Elevation 405 m (1,329 ft)
Population (2004 census)[1]
 • Total 16,946
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)

Al-Qahtaniya, Qbor el-Bid (Arabic: القحطانية‎; Syriac: ܩܒܪ̈ܐ ܚܘܪ̈ܐ Qore Khworih; Kurdish: Tirbespiyê) is an historically Assyrian town of Al-Hasakah Governorate, Syria whose name comes from the Aramaic words, "Qoreh," meaning "graves," and "khworih," meaning "white," (White graves). According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), al-Qahtaniya had a population of 16,946 in the 2004 census.[1] 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.[2]

During the Syrian Civil War, the YPG took control over the town.[3]

The Assyrian poet and author, Tuma Gawriye Nahroyo, (1936-2002) was from Al-Qahtaniyah.