Beit Saber

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Beit Saber
بيت سابر
Beit Sabir
Beit Saber is located in Syria
Beit Saber
Beit Saber
Coordinates: 33°19′38″N 36°0′0″E / 33.32722°N 36.00000°E / 33.32722; 36.00000
Country  Syria
Governorate Rif Dimashq Governorate
District Qatana District
Nahiya Sa'sa'
Population (2004)[1]
 • Total 3,021
Time zone EET (UTC+3)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+2)

Beit Saber (Arabic: بيت سابر‎‎; also spelled Beit Sabir) is a village in southern Syria, administratively part of the Qatana District of the Rif Dimashq Governorate, located just southwest of Damascus. Nearby localities include Khan al-Shih to the northeast, Kafr Hawr and Beitima to the north, and Beit Jinn to the west, Harfa to the southwest and Sa'sa' to the south. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Beit Saber had a population of 3,021 in the 2004 census.[1]

Beit Saber is located on the banks of one of the lower tributaries of the Awaj River which originates from Mount Hermon. The name of the tributary is Sabirany, which derives from the name of the village "Saber."[2]


Medieval Muslim historian Abu'l Fida mentioned Beit Saber in the late 14th century, during Mamluk rule in Syria.[3]

In the 19th century Biblical scholar Edward Robinson noted that Beit Saber's population was Muslim.[4]

During the 1973 Arab-Israeli War Beit Saber was shelled by Israeli artillery, resulting in the destruction of two houses. The attack prompted an inquiry by the United Nations.[5]


  1. ^ a b General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Rif Dimashq Governorate. (Arabic)
  2. ^ Porter, p. 140.
  3. ^ le Strange, 1890, p. 419.
  4. ^ Robinson, 1841, p. 135.
  5. ^ United Nations Security Council, 1974, p. 80.