Khoms, Libya

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Khums, Homs[1]
Leptis Magna to the east of Khoms
Leptis Magna to the east of Khoms
Khoms is located in Libya
Location in Libya
Coordinates: 32°38′59″N 14°15′52″E / 32.64972°N 14.26444°E / 32.64972; 14.26444Coordinates: 32°38′59″N 14°15′52″E / 32.64972°N 14.26444°E / 32.64972; 14.26444
Country  Libya
Region Tripolitania
District Murqub
Elevation[2] 7 ft (2 m)
Population (2004)[2]
 • Total 201,943
Time zone UTC + 2
Area code(s) 31

Khoms or Al Khums (Arabic: الخمس ‎) is a city and port in Murqub District on the Mediterranean coast of Libya[3] with an estimated population of around 202,000.[2] The population at the 1984 census was 38,174.[4] Between 1983 and 1995 it was the administrative center of the Khoms District.


The city has Phoenician and Roman roots and became the capital of the Roman province of Africa in the reign of Emperor Septimius Severus.[citation needed] Approximately 3 km (1.9 mi) to the east is the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna.[5]


Khoms has a plant for making Concrete sleepers, one of two in Libya.

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  1. ^ Fisher, Morris (1985) Provinces and provincial capitals of the world (2nd edition) Scarecrow Press, Metuchen, New Jersey, page 88, ISBN 0-8108-1758-6
  2. ^ a b c Wolfram Alpha
  3. ^ Staff (1972) "Al Khums" Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary (3rd ed.) Merriam, Springfield, Mass., p. 33, OCLC 11616186
  4. ^ Al Khums Facts
  5. ^ Mathuisieulx, Vicomte de (1904) "An Expedition to Tripoli" Bulletin of the American Geographical Society 36(12): pp. 736–744, page 738

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