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General view of Karnaz
General view of Karnaz
Karnaz is located in Syria
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 35°23′23″N 36°29′12″E / 35.389618°N 36.486657°E / 35.389618; 36.486657Coordinates: 35°23′23″N 36°29′12″E / 35.389618°N 36.486657°E / 35.389618; 36.486657
Country Syria
Governorate Hama
District Mahardah
Subdistrict Karnaz
Population (2004)
 • Total 14,075
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Karnaz (Arabic: كرناز‎‎, also spelled Kirnaz and Kernaz ) is a village in northern Syria, administratively part of the Hama Governorate, located northwest of Hama. Nearby localities include Kafr Zita, and Khan Shaykhun to the east, Kafr Nabudah to the north, Qalaat al-Madiq and al-Suqaylabiyah to the west and Kafr Hud, Tremseh and Shaizar to the south. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, Karnaz had a population of 14,075 in the 2004 census.[1] Its inhabitants are predominantly Sunni Muslims.[2]

Syrian Civil War[edit]

During the Syrian Civil War rebel forces had controlled the town until the beginning of February 2013, when Syrian Army and pro-government forces surrounded the city from the west and the south.On February 8 2013, government and rebel sources confirmed the battle ended with withdrawal of rebel forces.[3]