Ariha, Syria

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Ariha is located in Syria
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 35°49′N 36°36′E / 35.817°N 36.600°E / 35.817; 36.600
Country  Syria
Governorate Idlib Governorate
District Ariha District
Subdistrict Ariha
Elevation 680 m (2,230 ft)
Population (2004)
 • Total 39,501
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)

Ariha (Arabic: أريحا‎, also called Rīḥā, Arabic: ريحا‎) is a town in northern Syria, administratively part of the Idlib Governorate, located south of Idlib. Nearby localities include Urum al-Jawz to the southwest, Sarjah to the south, Kafr Latah to the southeast, Maar Bilit to the east, al-Nayrab to the northeast, Nahlaya and al-Mastumah to the north, Kurin to the northwest and Maataram to the west. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, Ariha had a population of 39,501 in the 2004 census.[1] The town is also the administrative center of the Ariha District, and the Ariha nahiyah (subdistrict) which consists of 24 localities with a combined population of 83,487 in 2004.[1]

Syrian civil war[edit]

Ariha was the scene of fighting between government and rebel forces. On 24 August 2013, rebels captured Ariha. However, after 10 days of bombardment, government forces recaptured the town on 3 September.[2][3]