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Silopi is located in Turkey
Coordinates: 37°16′0″N 42°29′0″E / 37.26667°N 42.48333°E / 37.26667; 42.48333Coordinates: 37°16′0″N 42°29′0″E / 37.26667°N 42.48333°E / 37.26667; 42.48333
Country Turkey
Province Şırnak
 • Mayor Emine Esmer (BDP)
 • Kaymakam Bünyamin Yıldız
 • District 730.29 km2 (281.97 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban 84,157
 • District 114,754
 • District density 160/km2 (410/sq mi)
Post code 73400
Districts of Şırnak

Silopi is a district of Şırnak Province in Turkey's Southeastern Anatolia Region, close to the border with Iraq. The district, composed of Silopi center, 3 depending townships with own municipalities and 23 villages has an urban population of 73,400 (2009 census) [1].

The Habur frontier gate, the only major crossing between Turkey and Iraq, is situated within the district of Silopi and is a decisive factor in the region's economy, both in Turkey and in beyond the Iraqi border. Queues of lorries waiting for customs and security clearance that sometimes reach a few dozens of kilometers on the motorway connecting the two countries are a common sight. The Khabur River, which carries the same name as the frontier gate, crosses in the district territory and joins the Tigris here. The Kirkuk-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline also crosses the district.

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  1. ^ "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 

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