Kafr Nabl

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This article is about the town in the Idlib Governorate. For the town in the Aleppo Governorate, see Nubl.
Kafr Nabl
Kafr Nabl is located in Syria
Kafr Nabl
Kafr Nabl
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 35°36′N 36°33′E / 35.600°N 36.550°E / 35.600; 36.550
Country  Syria
Governorate Idlib
District Maarrat al-Nu'man
Subdistrict Kafr Nabl
Elevation 735 m (2,411 ft)
Population (2004)
 • Total 15,455

Kafr Nabl (Arabic: كفرنبل‎, also spelled Kafranbel or Kafr Nabil) is a town administratively belonging to the Idlib Governorate and Ma'arrat al-Numan District in northwestern Syria. It is situated 735 meters (2,411 ft) above sea level. In the 2004 census by the Syrian Central Bureau of Statistics Kafr Nabl had a population of 15,455.[1] In the early 1960s it had a population of about 1,200. Kafr Nabl's inhabitants are predominantly Sunni Muslims.[2]

Kafr Nabl is located on an ancient Byzantine dead city, and is surrounded by some of the most important Dead Cities, such as Serjilla, Shanshrah, and al-Bara.[3]

Kafr Nabl is Syria's largest producer of figs and a major producer of olives. About 3,700 hectares, or 778,000 trees are used for fig cultivation. Roughly 60% of the population are employed in the production and natural processing of the fruit. Farmers in Kafr Nabl usually dedicate around 80% of their cultivation time to the production of figs and 20% for olives.[4]

Since the Syrian civil war, the town has gained fame for producing satirical videos about the war.[5]

Planes of the Russian Air Force, based in Latakia, have begun to attack the city in autumn 2015.[6][7]


  1. ^ General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Idleb Governorate. (Arabic)
  2. ^ Boulanger, 1966, p. 413.
  3. ^ Carter, 2008, p. 199.
  4. ^ Giuliani, 2007, p. 24.
  5. ^ http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21586600-deal-struck-america-and-its-allies-russia-envisages-removal Syria’s war: An unlikely band of brothers
  6. ^ zeit.de: Wir sind alle Beirut
  7. ^ reuters.com 10.10.2015: Russia steps up air strikes against Assad opponents in Syria


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Coordinates: 35°36′N 36°33′E / 35.600°N 36.550°E / 35.600; 36.550