Al-Buwaydah al-Sharqiyah

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al-Buwaidah al_Sharqiyah

البويضة الشرقية

al-Buwaideh al-Sharqiyeh
al-Buwaidah al_Sharqiyah is located in Syria
al-Buwaidah al_Sharqiyah
al-Buwaidah al_Sharqiyah
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 34°36′16″N 36°38′45″E / 34.60444°N 36.64583°E / 34.60444; 36.64583
Country Syria
 • Total3,196
Time zoneUTC+3 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (EEST)

Al-Buwaidah al-Sharqiyah (Arabic: البويضة الشرقية‎, also spelled al-Buwaideh al-Sharqiyeh) is a village in central Syria, administratively part of the Homs Governorate, located southeast of Homs. Nearby localities include al-Qusayr and al-Dabaah to the southwest, Damina al-Sharqiya to the southeast, Shinshar to the east and Qattina to the northwest. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), al-Buwaidah al-Sharqiyah had a population of 3,196 in the 2004 census.[1] Its inhabitants are predominantly Sunni Muslims.[2]

In the 19th-century it was reported that most of the village was built from basalt rock.[3]

Syrian civil war[edit]

The village was the site of the al-Buwaida al-Sharqiya massacre in May 2012, during the Syrian civil war. Opposition activists claimed 13 factory workers were killed by the government's security forces, while Syrian government sources blamed rebel forces for the killings[4][5]

On 8 June 2013, the town was recaptured by the Syrian Army during the Al-Qusayr offensive.[6]


  1. ^ General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Homs Governorate. (in Arabic)
  2. ^ Smith, 1841, p. 176.
  3. ^ Socin, p. 405.
  4. ^ "New Syria 'mass killing' reported ahead of UN meeting". BBC News. 1 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Syrian factory workers ordered off bus and executed in third massacre in a week... as Hague refuses to rule out military action to oust Assad's brutal regime". Daily Mail. 1 June 2012.
  6. ^ Glen Carey (8 June 2013). "Syrian Army Captures Village Near Qusair as Assad Extends Gains". Bloomberg. Retrieved 9 June 2013.