Deir ez-Zor Governorate

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Deir ez-Zor Governorate
مُحافظة دير الزور
Map of Syria with Deir ez-Zor highlighted
Map of Syria with Deir ez-Zor highlighted
Coordinates (Deir ez-Zor): 35°20′10″N 40°08′42″E / 35.336°N 40.145°E / 35.336; 40.145Coordinates: 35°20′10″N 40°08′42″E / 35.336°N 40.145°E / 35.336; 40.145
Country  Syria
Capital Deir ez-Zor
Manatiq (Districts) 3
 • Governor Mohammad Qaddur Ajnyyja
 • Total 33,060 km2 (12,760 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,539,000
 • Density 47/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
ISO 3166 code SY-DY
Main language(s) Arabic

Deir ez-Zor Governorate (Arabic: مُحافظة دير الزور‎‎ / ALA-LC: Muḥāfaẓat Dayr az-Zawr) is one of the fourteen governorates of Syria. It is situated in eastern Syria, bordering Iraq. It has an area of 33,060 km² (12,760 sq mi) and a population of 1,539,000 (2011estimate). The capital is Deir ez-Zor.[1]


The governorate is divided into 3 districts (manatiq):

These are further divided into 14 sub-districts (nawahi).


Deir ez-Zor was the location of Israel's execution of Operation Orchard on September 6, 2007. Israel bombed a northern Syrian complex suspected of holding nuclear materials from North Korea.[2]

In 2014 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant forces massacred an estimated 900 members of the Al-Shaitat tribe in the governorate, following resistance to the terror group's occupation of the area.[3] As of February 2016, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant controls all of the countryside while Syrian Government forces hold out in the capital.

See also


  1. ^ "City Population: Syria". Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Mahnaimi, Uzi; Baxter, Sarah (2007-09-23). "Israelis ‘Israelis seized nuclear material in Syrian raid’". London: The Sunday Times. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Mass Grave of 230 Tribespeople Four in Syria's Deir Ezzor: Monitoring Group". Alakhbar English. Al Akhbar. 18 December 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 

External links

  • edeiralzor The First Complete website for Deir ez-Zor news and services

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