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Al-Haffah is located in Syria
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 35°35′55″N 36°2′6″E / 35.59861°N 36.03500°E / 35.59861; 36.03500Coordinates: 35°35′55″N 36°2′6″E / 35.59861°N 36.03500°E / 35.59861; 36.03500
Country  Syria
Governorate Latakia Governorate
District Al-Haffah District
Nahiyah Al-Haffah
Elevation 310 m (1,020 ft)
Population (2004 census)
 • Town 4,298
 • Metro 23,347
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Al-Haffah (Arabic: الحفة‎) is a town in northwestern Syria administratively belonging to the Latakia Governorate, located 33 kilometers east of Latakia. It is the centre of al-Haffah District, one of the four districts (mantiqah) of the Latakia Goverorate. Located at an average height of 310 meters above sea level, al-Haffa's population was 4,298 in 2004 according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Together with the surrounding villages in the al-Haffa subdistrict (nahiya) greater al-Haffa had a population of 23,347.[1] Half of the town's inhabitants are Sunni Muslim,[2] about 40% are Alawite, while Christians constitute about 10% of the population. The communities have lived together in al-Haffah for centuries.[3]

The residents of al-Haffa are largely involved in agriculture. The town produces many types of fruits such as olive, fig, pomegranate, apple and pear.


Al-Haffa is surrounded with mountains and located just 7 km to the west of Salah Ed-Din Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area has an ancient history starting with the settlement of the Phoenicians. Later on, it became an strategic point for the invading Crusaders.

Syrian geographer Yaqut al-Hamawi visited al-Haffah in the early 13th-century, during Ayyubid rule, and noted that it was a district to the west of Halab (Aleppo), comprising many villages. The cloths called Haffiyyah come from here ..."[4]

In 1919 al-Haffah was part of the mini-revolt led by Umar al-Bitar in the Sahyun region of which al-Haffah was the center.[5] Around this time, it joined the revolt of Saleh al-Ali which was in alliance with al-Bitar.[6]

From 5 to 13 June 2012, the town was involved in the Battle of Al-Haffah as part of the Syrian uprising, during which nearly entire population fled the city.[7]


  1. ^ General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Latakia Governorate. (Arabic)
  2. ^ Morris, Loveday. Fears grow of new massacre as UN warns of civil war in Syria. The Independent. 2012-06-13. Retrieved on 2012-06-13.
  3. ^ Balanche, 2006, p. 88.
  4. ^ le Strange, 1890, p. 445.
  5. ^ Choueiri, 1993, p. 19.
  6. ^ Moosa, 1987, p. 283.
  7. ^ The ghost town of Syria: Haunting pictures from the place abandoned by 26,000 as it was shelled to smithereens


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eNews Park Forest
Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:16:06 -0800

Specifically in — in Syria, I can tell you that the Syrian Arab coalition has, my understanding, made progress, specifically in the Al-Haffah area, in taking that — that key town, and as they move closer towards Raqqa. This is, again, a sign of ...
Kuwait News Agency
Tue, 17 Nov 2015 14:07:30 -0800

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (KUNA) -- The Syrian Arab Coalition has made progress specifically in the key town Al Haffah, as they move closer to Raqqa, Pentagon Spokesperson Peter Cook told reporters on Tuesday. "This is a sign of progress by local, ...

Irish Independent

Irish Independent
Sat, 07 Nov 2015 18:33:02 -0800

'If we die, we all die together", says 40-year-old father of six Khanaan Yaseen Khateeb from Idlib, Syria. Around six months ago, he resigned himself to the reality that if the family is simply to survive, he'd have to take his 27-year-old wife Esmat ...

Australia-Israel Jewish Affairs Council

Australia-Israel Jewish Affairs Council
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:56:15 -0700

Traveling north toward Turkey along the Latakia-al-Haffah-Salma line, one finds a majority of Sunnis, according to the 2004 census -- about 80,000 of the 140,000 residents. In particular, the subdistricts of Rabia and Qastal Maaf are mostly Sunni ...

Times of Oman

Times of Oman
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 01:09:53 -0700

Al-Husn Souq, Al-Haffah Market, Craftsmen Market, Gold Market, Central Market, Festival Markets Pro-tip: Plan well in advance before catching a flight or boarding a bus to Salalah during peak season in August and September. - salim@timesofoman.com.

Easier (press release)

Easier (press release)
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:03:01 -0700

The heavy incense-laden air of Salalah's Al Haffah souq, will immerse you in the history and traditions of frankincense. Other highlights of the itinerary include: Guided tour of Muscat, the capital. A scenic coastal drive to the ancient maritime ...
Sat, 08 Aug 2015 01:37:30 -0700

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The Syrian Arab Coalition has made progress specifically in the key town Al Haffah, as they move closer to Raqqa, Pentagon Spokesperson Peter Cook told reporters ... Nov 18 2015 -, Anonymous hacktivists say ...

Te Interesa

Te Interesa
Thu, 14 Jun 2012 23:33:04 -0700

Sin poder aún hacer balance de los fallecidos en Al Haffah, la Red Siria de Derechos Humanos informó de 78 muertos a causa de la violencia en el país durante la jornada del jueves, la mayoría en la capital, Damasco y sus alrededores y en la ciudad de ...

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