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Map showing the location of Arnoun within Lebanon
Map showing the location of Arnoun within Lebanon
Location within Lebanon
Coordinates: 33°20′0″N 35°32′0″E / 33.33333°N 35.53333°E / 33.33333; 35.53333Coordinates: 33°20′0″N 35°32′0″E / 33.33333°N 35.53333°E / 33.33333; 35.53333
Country  Lebanon
Governorate Nabatieh Governorate
District Nabatieh District
Elevation 550 m (1,800 ft)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Dialing code +961

Arnoun (Arabic: ارنون‎, Hebrew: ארנון‎) is a majority Lebanese Shia village 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) south-east of Nabatiyeh, in Nabatiyeh Governorate, southern Lebanon. The village is located approximately 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from the Israeli border. The village is approximately 550 metres (1,800 feet) above sea level,[1] and approximately one kilometre (0.62 miles) from the Beaufort Castle.

The noted academic and commentator Fouad Ajami was born in Arnoun.[2]

Ancient History[edit]

Arnoun is linked to the nearby Beaufort Castle. The town's name is derived from the Aramaic arnoun, meaning "little top", referring to the highland where the Beaufort Castle stands.[1] The castle itself was referred to as Qal'at Shqif Arnoun (Aramaic: the castle of the high rock on the hill), from which the town took its name.

Modern history[edit]

After the establishment of the Israeli Security Zone in southern Lebanon in 1985, Arnoun lay just outside its boundaries, although, from its position at the Beaufort Castle, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) effectively controlled the village.

On February 17, 1999,[3] after attacks on IDF forces were launched from Arnoun, the village was formally incorporated into the Security Zone.

On February 26, 1999, thousands of peaceful Lebanese protesters cut through the recently erected barbed wire, effectively freeing the village.

The IDF left Arnoun in May 24, 2000, when it evacuated the Security Zone.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Fouad Ajami, university professor and writer on Middle Eastern issues


  1. ^ a b Regional Promenade Brochures - Al-Nabatieh
  2. ^ "The Native Informant", Adam Schatz, The Nation, April 28, 2003 (accessed September 6, 2006)
  3. ^ "Israeli jets attack, troops seize village in south Lebanon", CNN, April 16, 1999 (accessed September 6, 2006)