Sir, Tulkarm

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 • Arabic خربة سر
Sir is located in the Palestinian territories
Location of Sir within the Palestinian territories
Coordinates: 32°11′49″N 35°03′38″E / 32.19694°N 35.06056°E / 32.19694; 35.06056Coordinates: 32°11′49″N 35°03′38″E / 32.19694°N 35.06056°E / 32.19694; 35.06056
Palestine grid 155/178
Governorate Tulkarm
 • Type Municipality
Population (2006)
 • Jurisdiction 1,253
Name meaning The ruin of the fold[1]

Sir (Arabic: خربة سر‎) is a Palestinian town in the Tulkarm Governorate in the eastern West Bank, located 20 kilometers Southeast of Tulkarm.


Ceramics from the Byzantine era have been found here.[2]

Ottoman era[edit]

Sir was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire in 1517 with all of Palestine, and in 1596 it appeared in the tax registers as being in the Nahiya of Bani Sa'b of the Liwa of Nablus. It had a population of 10 households, all Muslim. The villagers paid a fixed tax-rate of 33,3% on agricultural products, including wheat, barley, summer crops, olive trees, occasional revenues, goats and/or beehives, and a customary tax on subjects in Nablus region; a total of 7,000 Akçe. Half of the revenue went to a Waqf.[3]

In 1882 the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) noted at Khurbet Sir: "two rock cut tombs, a large mound with terraces cut in the sides, a good well below; has every appearance of an ancient site."[4]


  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 186
  2. ^ Dauphin, 1998, pp. 798–9
  3. ^ Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 140
  4. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 198


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