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Al-Haffah is located in Syria
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 35°35′N 36°2′E / 35.583°N 36.033°E / 35.583; 36.033Coordinates: 35°35′N 36°2′E / 35.583°N 36.033°E / 35.583; 36.033
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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15 news items

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 ...
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 ...


Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:35:44 -0700

According to reports by the SOHR published by Haaretz, fighter jets were seen in the skies around the city of Al-Haffah, which lies east of Latakia. Several troops were reported as having been killed or wounded in the ensuing explosions. Syrian rebels ...
Mon, 11 Jun 2012 01:29:28 -0700

Nuland said U.S. officials joined Annan in expressing alarm over reports "that the regime may be organizing another massacre, this time in the village of Al-Haffah in Latakia province, as well as in the towns of Dar Azure (ph), in Daraa, in Homs, in ...

Arutz Sheva

Arutz Sheva
Mon, 15 Jul 2013 06:29:26 -0700

A top Syrian rebel official on Monday said that the IDF had indeed attacked Latakia over the weekend – not from the air, as had been reported, but from the sea. “Israel used a submarine to attack the missiles,” Mustafa Abd al-Karim told a Russian news ...


Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:06:50 -0800

Efter det kom han i kontakt med FSA och vistades i byn al-Haffah. Där ska 28-åringen ha deltagit i misshandeln, som filmades och senare lades upp på Facebook. Han och åtminstone fyra personer ska ha torterat den fastbundna mannen, som redan var ...

Press TV

Press TV
Thu, 18 Jul 2013 08:50:20 -0700

Meanwhile, Syrian army soldiers confiscated weapons belonging to the foreign-backed Takfiri militants in the town of al-Haffah in Latakia province. The weapons included sniper rifles, automatic weapons, ammunition, and communication devices.
Te Interesa
Fri, 15 Jun 2012 08:26:26 -0700

“La misión de la ONU ha llegado tarde, como siempre”, comenta resignado el periodista sirio Moaz Alshami. Tras varios días esperando la autorización de entrada a la ciudad de Al Haffah, los observadores no han encontrado a nadie. Las calles y las casas ...

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