Zemar

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The location of Zimyra/Zemar (in the north)

Zemar (Biblical Hebrew: צֻמֻר, Tzumur; Egyptian: Smr; Akkadian: Sumuru; Assyrian: Simirra) was a Phoenician city in what is now Syria. Zemar was a major trade center. Zemar (as "Sumura" or "Sumur") appears in the Amarna letters; Ahribta is named as its ruler. It was under the guardianship of Rib-Hadda, king of Byblos, but revolted against him and joined Abdi-Ashirta's expanding kingdom of Amurru. Pro-Egyptian factions may have seized the city again, but Abdi-Ashirta's son, Aziru, recaptured Zemar.

It has been linked by Maurice Dunand and N. Salisby to the archaeological site of Tell Kazel in 1957.[1]

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Coordinates: 34°42′29″N 35°59′10″E / 34.7081°N 35.9861°E / 34.7081; 35.9861