Tell Abyad District

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Tell Abyad District
منطقة تل أبيض
Tell Abyad District in Syria
Location of Tell Abyad District within Raqqa Governorate
Coordinates (Tell Abyad): 36°41′51″N 38°57′24″E / 36.6975°N 38.9567°E / 36.6975; 38.9567
Country  Syria
Governorate Raqqa
Seat Tell Abyad
Subdistricts 3 nawāḥī
 • Total 4,834.02 km2 (1,866.43 sq mi)
Population (2004)[1] 129,714
Geocode SY1102

Tell Abyad District (Arabic: منطقة تل أبيض‎, translit. manṭiqat Tall Abyaḍ‎; Kurdish: Devera Girê Spî‎) is a district of the Raqqa Governorate in northern Syria. Administrative centre is the city of Tell Abyad.

The administrative center of Tell Abyad District and Tell Abyad Subdistrict shown above is the city of Tell Abyad.
The administrative center of Suluk Subdistrict shown above is the city of Suluk.
The administrative center of Ayn Isa Subdistrict shown above is the city of Ayn Isa.

At the 2004 census, the district had a population of 129,714.[1] The majority of inhabitants are Sunni Arabs,[2] with a considerable Kurdish minority.[3][4] According to a Turkish writer, Kurds constitute 40-45% of the population;[3] however, a Turkish authority estimated that Arabs and Turkmen constitute 98% of the population in the Tell Abyad area.[4] According to Kurdish, Germany-based human rights group Kurdwatch, Tell Abyad is mainly populated by Arabs, while the environs of Tell Abyad, 15% of the population is Turkmen, 10% Kurdish and the rest being Arabs.[5]

Tell Abyad is the administrative center of Tell Abyad District shown in blue.


The district of Tell Abyad is divided into three subdistricts or nawāḥī (population as of 2004[1]):


  1. ^ a b c "General Census of Population and Housing 2004" (PDF) (in Arabic). Syrian Central Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015.  Also available in English: "2004 Census Data". UN OCHA. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Arab Tribes Split Between Kurds And Jihadists". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Kurds eye new corridor to Mediterranean". Al-Monitor. 
  4. ^ a b "US Expresses Concerns About PYD Human Rights". BasNews. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Ethnic cleansing in Tall Abyad?" (PDF). Kurdwatch. January 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Tal Abyad nahiyah population". Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  7. ^ "Suluk nahiyah population". Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  8. ^ "Ayn Issa nahiyah population". Retrieved 2012-07-05.