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Location in Syria

Coordinates: 35°49′N 36°36′E / 35.817°N 36.600°E / 35.817; 36.600

Country  Syria
Governorate Idlib Governorate
District Ariha District
Nahiyah Ariha
Elevation 680 m (2,230 ft)
Population (2004 census)
 • Total 39,501
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)

Ariha (Arabic: أريحا‎, also called Rīḥā, Arabic: ريحا‎) is a town in northern Syria, administratively part of the Idlib Governorate, located northwest of Idlib along the Syrian–Turkish borderns on the Orontes River. Nearby localities include al-Janudiyah, Zarzur and al-Najiyah to the southwest, Jisr al-Shughur to the south and Millis and Maarrat Misrin to the east. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, Ariha had a population of 5,295 in the 2004 census.[1] The town is also the administrative center of the Ariha District, and the Ariha nahiyah which consists of 24 villages with a combined population of 83,487.[1]

Syrian civil war

Ariha was the scene of fighting between government and rebel forces. On 24 August, rebels captured Ariha. However, after 10 days of bombardment, government forces recaptured the town on 3 September.[2][3]


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