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as-Sawiya
Arabic الساويه
Governorate Nablus
Government Village Council (from 1994[1])
Also spelled as-Sawiya (officially)

al-Sawaiya (unofficially)

Coordinates 32°05′05.92″N 35°15′28.33″E / 32.0849778°N 35.2578694°E / 32.0849778; 35.2578694Coordinates: 32°05′05.92″N 35°15′28.33″E / 32.0849778°N 35.2578694°E / 32.0849778; 35.2578694
Population 2,301 (2006)

as-Sawiya (Arabic: الساويه‎) is a Palestinian town in the Nablus Governorate in northern West Bank, located 18 kilometers South of Nablus. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), the town had a population of 2,301 inhabitants in mid-year 2006.[2]

Economy

As-Sawiya is entirely dependent on its agricultural land. Prior to the Second Intifada, about 250 of the village's residents worked in Israel, but in 2004 only three continued working there. The primary crops grown in as-Sawiya are wheat, olives, grapes, figs, and beans. The land is also used for grazing livestock. Some residents produce yoghurt from their cows and sell it. Local residents sell olive oil to nearby villages such as Lubban as well. Stone-cutting is the most important industry in the town after agriculture.[1]

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