The village as seen from St. Anna church
|Elevation||460 m (1,510 ft)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
Yakubiyah (Arabic: اليعقوبية, Armenian: Յակուբիե; also spelled Yacoubiyah, Yakoubieh, Yacoubeh or Yaqubiyah) is a village in north-west Syria, administratively part of the Jisr ash-Shugur District, subordinate to the Idlib Governorate, located west of Idlib and just southeast of the border with Turkey. It is situated in a well-forested mountain above the Orontes River, with an elevation of 480 meters above sea level. Nearby localities include Qunaya adjacent to the east, Kafr Debbin further to the east, vbbbcbthe nahiyah ("subdistrict") center of al-Janudiyah to the south, al-Malnad to the west and Zarzur to the north.
According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Yakubiyah had a population of 476 in the 2004 census. Its inhabitants are mostly Christians, roughly split into the Armenian Apostolic and Catholic denominations. The surrounding areas are predominantly inhabited by Sunni Muslims. There are two Armenian Apostolic churches in Yacoubiyah: Saint Anna (Armenian: Սբ. Աննա) and Saint Hripsime (Armenian: Սբ. Հռիփսիմե). The last one is built similar to Ejmiatsin’s Saint Hripsime. There is also one Armenian Catholic church.
In 1929, by the efforts of Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) and the Armenian Prelacy, Diocese of Aleppo, an Armenian school was built in the village, where Armenian is being taught alongside Arabic.
Syrian civil war
During the ongoing Syrian civil war which began in 2011, in late January 2013, Yakubiyah was captured by anti-government rebels. Most of the fighting for the village's capture centered on a Syrian Army post at the village entrance and government troops subsequently withdrew to Jisr al-Shughur. While Yakubiyah's infrastructure was not been significantly damaged and no residents were killed in the clashes, many of its abandoned houses and businesses were looted. Rebels commandeered some of the empty houses of the village, claiming they received permission by its residents. According to local residents, many of Yakubiyah's Armenians have fled the village while most of its Catholics remained.
- Christian hamlet escapes Syria war but falls prey to looters. Global Post. Originally published by Agence France-Presse. 2013-02-08.
- Ya'qubiyah Map. Mapcarta.
- Janudiyah nahiyah population Archived 2013-02-06 at the Wayback Machine.
- The Vicar of Armenian Prelacy of Gezire: Yakoubiye. The Armenian Prelace of Aleppo. 2004-2007.