Al-Qubeir

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Al-Qubeir (Arabic: القبير; also referred to as Mazraat al-Qubeir, Qubair, Qubayr, al-Qubayr and al-Kubeir in various news reports) is a settlement in the Hama Governorate of Syria, near the larger village of Maarzaf.[1] Al-Qubeir is described as a Sunni farming enclave surrounded by Alawite villages in the central province of Hama.[2]

Al-Qubeir is around 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of the city of Hama with around 30 homes and had around 160 inhabitants.[3] BBC News reports have described al-Qubeir as "just a few single-storey flat-roofed buildings set in the middle of golden corn fields"[4] and as having "fewer than 30 houses".[5]

The settlement came to global attention in 2012 as the location of the al-Qubeir massacre.[5][6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Syria UN team 'shot at' near Qubair 'massacre site'". BBC News. 2012-06-07. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Siniora condemns massacre in Syria’s Al-Kubeir". Now Lebanon. June 8, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ Karam, Zeina (June 9, 2012). "Regime Denies Violence". Huffington Post. AP. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ Paul Danahar (8 June 2012). "Syria massacre: On the ground in Qubair". BBC News. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "New 'massacre' reported in Syria's Hama province". BBC News. 7 June 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Opposition claim Syrian government 'massacre'". Deutsche Welle. June 7, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Syrian army blocks U.N. monitors entering Hama ‘massacre’ site: activists, U.N. official". Al Arabiya. 2012-06-07. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 

Coordinates: 35°10′37″N 36°30′54″E / 35.17694°N 36.51500°E / 35.17694; 36.51500