|Elevation||680 m (2,230 ft)|
|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. 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.
Syrian civil war
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.
- General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Idlib Governorate. Archived at . (Arabic)
- Army Retakes Strategic Town in Northwest Syria
- Assad forces capture strategic Syria northern town