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Jilib is located in Somalia
Location in Somalia
Coordinates: 0°30′N 42°46′E / 0.500°N 42.767°E / 0.500; 42.767
Country  Somalia
Region Jubbada Dhexe
District Jilib
Population (2008)
 • Total 45,000 est.
Time zone East Africa Time (UTC+3)

Jilib (other names: Gilib, Gelib, Jillib, Jillio; Arabic: جلب‎‎) is a town in Somalia, with an estimated population of approximately 45,000.[1] It is located on the main road from Mogadishu south to Kismayo and is the most populous town in the Middle Juba Region. Distance between Kismayo and Jilib is 70 miles or 112 kilometers. [2] Jilib is prone to flash floods and it is located near the Juba river bank.[3]

The Islamic Courts Union was defeated there in the Battle of Jilib December 2006 January 2007. The ICU recaptured the town on May 17, 2008.[4] The city is presently under the control of Al-Shabaab.


Coordinates: 0°30′N 42°46′E / 0.500°N 42.767°E / 0.500; 42.767