Ubari

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Ubari
أوباري
Awbari
Town
An Ubari oasis lake, with native grasses and Date palms.
An Ubari oasis lake, with native grasses and Date palms.
Ubari is located in Libya
Ubari
Ubari
Location in Libya
Coordinates: 26°35′N 12°46′E / 26.583°N 12.767°E / 26.583; 12.767
Country  Libya
Region Fezzan
District Wadi al Hayaa
Elevation [1] 1,535 ft (468 m)
Population (2009)
 • Total 35,000
Time zone UTC + 2

Ubari or Awbari (Arabic: أوباري‎) is a Berber-speaking oasis town and the capital of the Wadi al Hayaa District, in the Fezzan region of southwestern Libya. It is in the Idehan Ubari, a Libyan section of the Sahara Desert. It was the capital of the former Baladiyah (district) called Awbari, in the southwest of the country.

Geography[edit]

Ubari is in the Targa valley, lying between the Messak Sattafat plateau and Idhan Ubari erg sand dunes and lakes. Native plants include wetland grasses at the natural spring fed lakes' shorelines, and the native Saharan Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera)

The Ubari oasis settlement is the second center for the Kel Ajjer Tuareg people, after Ghat. Neighbouring villages include Germa, and Garran.

2011 Libyan civil war[edit]

During the 2011 Libyan civil war the town was captured by the forces of the National Transitional Council on 22 September 2011.[2]

On 19 November 2011, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and a few associates were captured and detained about 50 kilometers west of Ubari as they were trying to flee to neighbouring Niger.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Wolfram Alpha
  2. ^ Fahim, Kareem; Gladstone, Rick. "NATO Extends Libya Bombing Campaign". New York Times. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam captured in Libya". BBC. 19 November 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 

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Coordinates: 26°35′N 12°46′E / 26.583°N 12.767°E / 26.583; 12.767