Al-Qahtaniyah, al-Hasakah Governorate

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Tirbespî • ܩܒܪ̈ܐ ܚܘܪ̈ܐ
Al-Qahtaniyah is located in Syria
Location of Al-Qahtaniyah in Syria
Coordinates: 37°02′07″N 41°37′26″E / 37.035375°N 41.623917°E / 37.035375; 41.623917Coordinates: 37°02′07″N 41°37′26″E / 37.035375°N 41.623917°E / 37.035375; 41.623917
Country Syria
405 m (1,329 ft)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Al-Qahtaniyah (Arabic: القحطانية‎; Kurdish: Tirbespî‎ or Tirbê Spîyê; Syriac: ܩܒܪ̈ܐ ܚܘܪ̈ܐ‎, romanizedQabre Ḥewore), formerly Qubur 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[citation needed], at the 2004 census, it had a population of 16,946.[1]


The former name of the town, "Qubour al-Bid", is derived from the Arabic and Syriac words "Qubur/Qabre", both meaning "graves", and "al-Bid/Ḥewore", meaning "white". The name of the town therefore means "White graves".


The majority of the towns inhabitants are Kurds, followed by a large Arab minority and a smaller Assyrian minority.


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.[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]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b "2004 Census Data for Nahiya al-Qahtaniyah" (in Arabic). Syrian Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 15 October 2015. Also available in English: UN OCHA. "2004 Census Data". Humanitarian Data Exchange. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Report by the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Theo van Boven Syrian Arab Republic". Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Tyrkisk avis: Kurdistan nr. 2 bliver dannet". Jiyan (in Danish). 22 July 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012.