Tell Shamiram

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Tell Shamiram

تل شميرام

Tell Shamiram is located in Syria
Tell Shamiram
Tell Shamiram
Location of Tell Shamiram in Syria
Coordinates: 36°38′21″N 40°21′26″E / 36.63917°N 40.35722°E / 36.63917; 40.35722Coordinates: 36°38′21″N 40°21′26″E / 36.63917°N 40.35722°E / 36.63917; 40.35722
Country Syria
SubdistrictTell Tamer
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Tell Shamiram or Tell Shamiran (Arabic: تل شميرام أو تل شميران‎), also known as Marbisho (ماربيشو),[2] is a village near Tell Tamer in western al-Hasakah Governorate, northeastern Syria. Administratively it belongs to the Nahiya Tell Tamer.

The village is inhabited by Assyrians belonging to the Assyrian Church of the East, and Arabs.[3] At the 2004 census, it had a population of 811.[1]


It is located on the Harbur River near the confluence with the Zirgan River, about 70 kilometres (43 mi) south of the border with Turkey.[4][5]


The village was settled by Assyrian refugees in 1933 who moved following the Simele massacre to French controlled Syria to settle in a 25 kilometres (16 mi) stretch of the Khabur River in 35 settlements.

In February 2015 the village was taken by the Islamic State militia during the Al-Hasakah offensive (February–March 2015),[6] resulting in the abduction of about 90, mainly elderly, residents.[7] Several thousand residents fled the city, mostly to the city of al-Hasakah, with some eventually reaching Lebanon. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the village has been emptied of people by 1 March 2015.[8]

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  1. ^ a b "2004 Census Data for Nahiya Tell Tamer" (in Arabic). Syrian Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 15 October 2015. Also available in English: UN OCHA. "2004 Census Data". Humanitarian Data Exchange. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  3. ^ Fernandez, Alberto M. (1998). "Dawn at Tell Tamer: The Assyrian Christian Survival on the Khabur River" (PDF). Journal of Assyrian Academic Studies. 12 (1): 34–47.
  4. ^ ISIS capture town of and Tal Hermiz the Villages of Tal Nasri, Tal Shamiran, Yalda, Qasr Toma, Tal Harmoz Aghabish following YPG withdrawal .
  5. ^ ACN Press Release: Syria Extremists IS – seize Christian towns.
  6. ^ Christians flee jihadists after Syria kidnappings 26 Feb 2015.
  7. ^ Syrian sources say ISIS executed 15 Christians – with more killing to come Archived 2015-09-23 at the Wayback Machine, February 26, 2015.
  8. ^ Johnlee Varghese March 1, 2015 Over 200 Abducted Assyrian Christians Being Tried by Isis Kangaroo Court.