Al-Hajar al-Aswad

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This article is about the city in Rif Dimashq, Syria. For the Islamic holy relic, see Black Stone.
Al-Hajar al-Aswad
الحجر الأسود
Al-Hajar al-Aswad is located in Syria
Al-Hajar al-Aswad
Al-Hajar al-Aswad
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 33°27′50.5″N 36°18′16″E / 33.464028°N 36.30444°E / 33.464028; 36.30444Coordinates: 33°27′50.5″N 36°18′16″E / 33.464028°N 36.30444°E / 33.464028; 36.30444
Country  Syria
Governorate Rif Dimashq Governorate
District Darayya District
Nahiyah Al-Hajar al-Aswad
Occupation Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Population (2004 census)[1]
 • Total 84,948
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Al-Hajar al-Aswad (Arabic: الحجر الأسود‎‎, meaning Black Stone) is a Syrian city just 4 km (2 mi) south of the centre of Damascus in the Darayya District of the Rif Dimashq Governorate.[2]

According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Al-Hajar al-Aswad had a population of 84,948 in the 2004 census, making it the 13th largest city per geographical entity in Syria.[1]

During the Syrian Civil War the district became a hotspot for Islamic State militant activity, whom control large areas of the district and used it for a staging ground for their assault on Yarmouk Camp in 2015.[3]


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