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River by Hisah
River by Hisah
Map showing the location of Hisah within Lebanon
Map showing the location of Hisah within Lebanon
Location within Lebanon
Coordinates: 34°35′47″N 36°3′17″E / 34.59639°N 36.05472°E / 34.59639; 36.05472Coordinates: 34°35′47″N 36°3′17″E / 34.59639°N 36.05472°E / 34.59639; 36.05472
Country  Lebanon
Governorate Akkar
District Akkar
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Dialing code +961

Hisah (Hokr el Haïssa,[1] Hayssa, El Haïssa, Hisa, Arabic: حيصا‎‎) is a northern Lebanese village in Akkar Governorate, close to the Syrian border. It is mostly inhabited by Alawites[2][3] and Sunni Muslims.[4]

The history of the village goes back to the days of the Banu Hilal tribe, and it is named after the horse of Abu-Zayd al-Hilali.[5]

During the 2006 Lebanon War, a bridge in the village was bombed by Israeli planes, leaving up to 12 people dead.[6][7]


  1. ^ Hokr el Haïssa (Approved) at GEOnet Names Server, United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  2. ^ Staff (31 July 2008). "Lebanon: Displaced families struggle on both sides of sectarian divide". RefWorld. United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Mohammed Ali Hussein, mayor of Hisa, estimates around 500 Allawi families have had their homes damaged and perhaps half of all Jebel Mohsen’s 50,000 residents have been displaced. Macleod, Hugh; Aysha, Rami (17 August 2008). "A perfect storm in Tripoli". The Sunday Herald. Archived from the original on 2 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Municipal and ikhtiyariah elections in Northern Lebanon" (PDF). The Monthly. March 2010. p. 21. Archived from the original on 3 June 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  5. ^ JPRS Report: Near East & South Asia: Lebanon (JPRS-NEA-91-051) (PDF), Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS), United States Government, 21 August 1991 
  6. ^ Meanwhile, up to 12 people are reported to have been killed in an Israeli air strike on a bridge in Balenat al-Hissa in northern Lebanon, near the Syrian border. Staff (12 August 2006). "Olmert approves widening of offensive". RTÉ News. 
  7. ^ Shams, Doha (3 January 2013). "A World of Outsiders in Lebanon’s Akkar". Al-Akhbar. Beirut, Lebanon. 

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