Yarmouk River

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Destroyed bridge over the Yarmouk River

The Yarmuk River, sometimes also spelled "Yarmouk" (Arabic: نهر اليرموك‎, Nahr Al-Yarmuk; Hebrew: נהר הירמוך‎, Nahar HaYarmukh; Ancient Greek: Ἱερομύκης, ; Latin: Hieromices)[1] is the largest tributary of the Jordan River. It drains much of the Hauran plateau. It is one of three main tributaries which enter the Jordan between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. To the south are the Zarqa and the Mujib (Arnon) rivers.

Yarmuk forms the border between Israel and Jordan close to the Jordan Valley and between Syria and Jordan further upstream. It is the southern boundary of the Golan Heights.

The Battle of Yarmouk, where Muslim forces defeated those of the Byzantine Empire and gained control of Syria, took place south of the river in 636.


  1. ^ Schürer, Emil (2014-01-30). The History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ. A&C Black. page 133, note 243. ISBN 9781472558299. 

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Coordinates: 32°38′52″N 35°33′51″E / 32.64778°N 35.56417°E / 32.64778; 35.56417