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Sawran (also spelled Suran, Soran or Sawwaran) is a town in northern Syria, administratively part of the Aleppo Governorate, located 22 kilometers north of Aleppo. Nearby localities include A'zaz to the west, al-Harjalah to the north, Mare' to the south and Tell Rifaat to the southwest. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Sawran had a population of 6,988 in the 2004 census.
Sawran's history dates back to the Iron Age when it was an Aramaean settlement in the Kingdom of Bit Adini known as "Surunu." In a military campaign against Bit Adini's king Ahuni, the Neo-Assyrian king Shalmaneser III raided and captured Surunu. It later came under the rule of Assyrian king Tiglath Pileser III.
During the Byzantine era in Syria, Sawran was inhabited by the Arab tribe of Tanukh. Before the Muslim conquest it served an Arab Christian center and contained a fortified monastery. During early Islamic rule, Sawran was part of Jund Qinnasrin ("Military District of Chalcis"), part of the larger Bilad al-Sham province.
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