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ad-Dhahiriya
ad-Dhahiriya is located in the Palestinian territories
ad-Dhahiriya
Arabic الظاهرية
Governorate Hebron
Government City
Also spelled al-Dhahiriya (officially)

az-Zahiriya (unofficially)

Coordinates 31°24′27.44″N 34°58′20.28″E / 31.4076222°N 34.9723°E / 31.4076222; 34.9723Coordinates: 31°24′27.44″N 34°58′20.28″E / 31.4076222°N 34.9723°E / 31.4076222; 34.9723
Population 28,776 (2007)

ad-Dhahiriya or az-Zahiriya (Arabic: الظاهرية‎) is a Palestinian city in the Hebron Governorate, 23 km southwest of the city of Hebron in the southern West Bank. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, ad-Dhahiriya had a population of 28,776 inhabitants in 2007.[1] The primary health care facilities for the municipality are designated by the Ministry of Health as level 3.[2]

Horatius Bonar describes Ad-Dhahiriya in 1856 during the late Ottoman period as:-

Suddenly, at an abrupt elbow of the ravine, we are relived by seeing the old castle, perched on its rocky height well in the setting sun; the poor village, which seems to hang about it, with, with its square yellow huts, rather helps, at this distance, to improve its appearance, and to give dignity to its towers and broken ramparts. From this point it looks much bolder and substantial than it is; not so isolated as El-Aujeh, which we passed some days ago, but well-set upon yon craggy perch. Like most of its fellow castles in the east and border “peels” in the north, it has seen better days, and has at one time, been a noble stronghold for Romans, or Crusaders, or Turks…..[3]

From the records of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) it can be found that on 14 April 2005 the entrance to ad Dhahiriya from Road 60 was closed by an earth mound by the IDF; forcing all Palestinian movement in the area to travel internally from Dura.[4]

Footnotes

  1. ^ 2007 PCBS Census Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. p.120.
  2. ^ West Bank Health care
  3. ^ Horatius Bonar (reprinted 2002) The Land of Promise: Notes of a Spring-journey from Beersheba to Sidon Adamant Media Corporation ISBN 1402192665 p 32
  4. ^ OCHA Weekly Briefing Notes Update for oPt (13 - 19 April 2005)

Further reading

  • Rajab, Jehan S. (1989). Palestinian Costume, London: Kegan Paul International. ISBN 0-7103-0283-5.
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