Al-Qahtaniyah, al-Hasakah Governorate

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This article is about the town in Al-Hasakah Governorate in Syria. For other towns with the same name, see Al-Qahtaniyah.
Al-Qahtaniyah is located in Syria
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 37°1′39″N 41°37′49″E / 37.02750°N 41.63028°E / 37.02750; 41.63028
Country  Syria
Governorate Al-Hasakah Governorate
District Al-Qamishli District
Nahiyah Al-Qahtaniyah
Elevation 405 m (1,329 ft)
Population (2004 census)[1]
 • Total 16,946
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)

Al-Qahtaniyah or Qubour al-Bid (Arabic: القحطانية‎; Syriac: ܩܒܪ̈ܐ ܚܘܪ̈ܐ Qore Khworih; Kurdish: Tirbespiyê‎) is an historically Assyrian town of Al-Hasakah Governorate, Syria. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), al-Qahtaniyah had a population of 16,946 in the 2004 census. It is the administrative center of a nahiyah ("subdistrict") consisting of 103 localities with a combined population of 65,685 in 2004.[1]


The former name of the town, "Qubour al-Bid", is derived from the Arabic and Aramaic words "Qubour/Qoreh", both meaning "graves", and "al-Bid/Khworih", 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 Al-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.[2]

As of 2004, al-Qahtaniyah is the sixth largest town in Al-Hasakah governorate.

In late July 2012, during the Syrian Civil War, the YPG took control over the town.[3]


In 2004 the population was 16,946.

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