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At Timimi
Timimi is located in Libya
Location in Libya
Coordinates: 32°20′N 23°03′E / 32.333°N 23.050°E / 32.333; 23.050Coordinates: 32°20′N 23°03′E / 32.333°N 23.050°E / 32.333; 23.050
Country  Libya
District Derna
Population (2006)[1]
 • Total 4,667
Time zone EET (UTC+2)

Timimi, At Timimi (Arabic: التميمي‎) or Tmimi, is a small village in Libya about 75 km east of Derna and 100 km west of Tobruk. It is on the eastern shores of the Libyan coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.


Because its underground water is salty, it was always a place of little importance, and its population in 2006 was 4,667. However, its situation improved after the Charruba–Timimi Road was paved between 1975 and 1985; it is now at the crossroads of the Charruba–Timimi Road and the Derna-Tobruk road.


  • Greek historian Herodotus said that Cyrene was founded in the mid-7th century BC, when a group of Greek immigrants from Thera landed at the Gulf of Bomba, and stayed there for years, then, they moved to place of Cyrene, and then, founded it.[2] Depending on an old myth, Battus moved, by the advice of god, to Libya, landed on the Gulf of Timimi (the same Gulf of Bomba), and then moved westwards and founded Cyrene.[3]
  • Before conquering Libya by Muslim forces in 642, Timimi was known Palivros.[4]
  • On 21 January 1942, during World War II, German general Erwin Rommel commanded his Axis-Panzer army through Cyrenaica, and his troops reached Timimi on 3 February 1942, stopping there. The army stayed there until 26 May 1942, when he launched the Battle of Gazala.[5]


  1. ^ Amraja M. el Khajkhaj, "Noumou al Mudon as Sagheera fi Libia", Dar as Saqia, Benghazi-2008, p.
  2. ^ Abdul Aziz Tareeh Sharaf, “Jughrafia Libia”, Munsh’at al Ma’aref, Alexandria, 1971, p. 256.
  3. ^ Salem Mohammed ez Zawam, “Mu’jam al Amakin al Jughrafiya fi Libia”, Dar wa Maktabat ash Sha’b, Misratah, 2005, p.92.
  4. ^ Libyan Planning Ministry, “Al Atlas al Watani lil Jamahiriya…”, Tripoli, 1978, p.18.
  5. ^ Peter Young (ed.), "The History of World War II"', Orbis Publication, 1984, vol.8, pp.751-755, & vol.9, p. 786.