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Al-Khreibat is located in Syria
Coordinates: 34°53′24″N 35°56′8″E / 34.89000°N 35.93556°E / 34.89000; 35.93556
Country  Syria
Governorate Tartus
District Tartus
Subdistrict Tartus
Population (2004)[1]
 • Total 1,464
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Al-Khreibat (Arabic: الخريبات‎‎, also spelled Kharibat or Khuraybat) is a village and suburb in northwestern Syria, administratively part of the Tartus Governorate, located southeast of Tartus. Nearby localities include Beit Kammun to the south, Dibbash to the southeast, Tayshur to the east, and al-Shaykh Saad to the north.

According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, al-Khreibat had a population of 1,464 in the 2004 census.[1] The inhabitants of the village are predominantly Maronite Christians, although there is also an Alawite minority. Together, al-Khreibat, Bimalkah, and Dweir Taha (part of al-Sawda municipality) make up the Christian suburbs of Tartus. The population grows at a steady rate, although substantially lower than the surrounding Alawite and Sunni Muslim villages. This is due to low birth rates and high levels of emigration to the cities, such as Damascus and Aleppo and abroad to places like Lebanon, France, the United States and Canada.[2]

During the Ottoman Empire and French Mandate eras, the Christian residents of al-Khreibat and Bimalkah were one of the few peasant peoples of the coastal region to actually own their olive orchards unlike most other peasant communities whose lands were owned by landlords from the major coastal cities.[2]


  1. ^ a b General Census of Population and Housing 2004[permanent dead link]. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Tartus Governorate. (in Arabic)
  2. ^ a b Balanche, Fabrice (2006). La région alaouite et le pouvoir syrien (in French). Karthala Editions. ISBN 2845868189.