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حر بنفسه
Harb Nafseh
Hirbnafsah is located in Syria
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 34°56′14″N 36°37′18″E / 34.93722°N 36.62167°E / 34.93722; 36.62167
Country  Syria
Governorate Hama
District Hama
Nahiyah Hirbnafsah
Population (2004)
 • Total 3,574

Hirbnafsah (Arabic: حر بنفسه‎‎, also spelled Harb Nafseh or Harbanafsa) is a town in northwestern Syria, administratively part of the Hama Governorate, southwest of Hama. Nearby localities include Deir al-Fardis to the north, Tumin and al-Rastan to the east, Kisin and Kafr Nan to the south, Talaf to the southwest, . According to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Hirbnafsah had a population of 3,574 in the 2004 census. It is the administrative center and sixth largest locality of the Hirbnafsah nahiyah ("subdistrict") which consists of 26 localities with a collective population of 54,592.[1] Its inhabitants are predominantly Sunni Muslims.[2]

The Syria geographer Yaqut al-Hamawi mentioned that Hirbnafsah was "a village of Hims" when he visited in 1225 during Ayyubid rule.[3]

During the ongoing Syrian civil war, which began in 2011, opposition sources claimed that 40 people in Hirbnafsa were killed as a result of Syrian Army and pro-government militia bombardment on 6 August 2012. Other opposition accounts put the fatality figure at 11, including five children.[4]


  1. ^ General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Hama Governorate. (Arabic)
  2. ^ Smith, 1841, p. 178.
  3. ^ le Strange, 1890, p. 448.
  4. ^ Syria TV 'hit by bomb attack' in Damascus. BBC News. 2012-08-06.