Al-Qahtaniyah, al-Hasakah Governorate
Tirbespî • ܩܒܪ̈ܐ ܚܘܪ̈ܐ
|Elevation||405 m (1,329 ft)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
Al-Qahtaniyah (Arabic: القحطانية; Syriac: ܩܒܪ̈ܐ ܚܘܪ̈ܐ, translit. Qabre Khworeh; Kurdish: Tirbespî), formerly Qubour al-Bid, is a town in northeastern Al-Hasakah Governorate, northeastern Syria. It is the administrative center of Nahiya al-Qahtaniyah, which consists of 103 localities. Historically an Assyrian city, at the 2004 census, it had a population of 16,946. As a preliminary result of the ongoing Syrian Civil War, Al-Qahtaniyah today is situated in Jazira Canton within the autonomous Federation of Northern Syria – Rojava framework.
The former name of the town, "Qubour al-Bid", is derived from the Arabic and Syriac-Aramaic words "Qubour/Qabre", both meaning "graves", and "al-Bid/Khworeh", both meaning "white". The name of the town therefore means "White graves". Al-Qahtaniyah's current name was adopted in 1962 as a more optimistic name than its old name.
On 13 March 2004, during the 2004 Qamishli riots where 40 Kurds were killed, the population of Al-Qahtaniyah protested at the funerals of the killed. Protesters were shot at and injured in the town.
As of 2004, Al-Qahtaniyah is the sixth largest town in Al-Hasakah governorate.
In 2004 the population was 16,946.
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- "Tyrkisk avis: Kurdistan nr. 2 bliver dannet". Jiyan (in Danish). 22 July 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
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