Akçakale

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Akçakale
Akçakale town
Akçakale town
Akçakale is located in Turkey
Akçakale
Akçakale
Coordinates: 36°42′39″N 38°56′52″E / 36.71083°N 38.94778°E / 36.71083; 38.94778Coordinates: 36°42′39″N 38°56′52″E / 36.71083°N 38.94778°E / 36.71083; 38.94778
Country  Turkey
Province Şanlıurfa
Government
 • Mayor Abdulhakim Ayhan (AKP)
 • Kaymakam Şefik Aygöl
Area[1]
 • District 690.86 km2 (266.74 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban 28,684
 • District 91,731
 • District density 130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Website www.akcakale.bel.tr

Akçakale (Arabic: تل أبيضTal Abyaḍ, Kurdish: Girê Spî‎) is a mostly ethnic Arab town and District of Şanlıurfa Province, in southeastern Turkey.

It lies on the road TUR-D-885. Akçakale forms a divided city with Tell Abyad in Syria, maintaining a border crossing. In October 2014, reporters for the Sunday Herald newspaper in Scotland, Sheren Khalel and Matthew Vickery, documented an Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant presence in the town, due to the porous nature of the border between the Turkish border town and Tell Abyad, which has been under ISIS control [3] until June 15, 2015, when the city was retaken by Kurdish People's Protection Units and the Free Syrian Army.

The mayor is Abdülhakim Ayhan (AKP).[4]


Border towns of Akçakale in Turkey and Tal Abyad in Syria.

2012 Syrian border clash[edit]

On October 3, 2012, the town of Akçakale in Turkey was hit by shells from across the Syrian border in Tal Abyad, killing five civilians.[4][5]


Climate[edit]

Climate data for Akçakale
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 10
(50)
13
(55)
17
(62)
23
(73)
29
(84)
35
(95)
39
(102)
38
(100)
35
(95)
27
(80)
19
(66)
12
(53)
24.8
(76.3)
Average low °C (°F) 1
(33)
2
(35)
5
(41)
9
(48)
13
(55)
18
(64)
21
(69)
20
(68)
16
(60)
11
(51)
5
(41)
2
(35)
10.3
(50)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 91
(3.6)
69
(2.7)
69
(2.7)
48
(1.9)
30
(1)
3
(0.1)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
23
(0.9)
43
(1.7)
79
(3.1)
455
(17.7)
Source: Weatherbase [6]


References[edit]

Districts of Şanlıurfa
  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. 
  3. ^ Khalel, Sheren; Vickery, Matthew (25 October 2014). "”No-one here trusts anyone anymore: Inside an Islamic State stronghold". Sunday Herald. 
  4. ^ a b La Turquie riposte après des tirs d'obus syriens sur son sol, Le Figaro, 04/10/2012
  5. ^ "Turkey hits targets inside Syria after border deaths". BBC News. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Akcakale, Turkey". Weatherbase. 2011.  Retrieved on 24 November 2011.