Coordinates: 35°53′05″N 36°17′27″E / 35.88472°N 36.29083°E / 35.88472; 36.29083
Country  Syria
Governorate Idlib Governorate
District Jisr al-Shughur District
Nahiyah Al-Janudiyah Nahiyah
Population (2004 census)[1]
  Total 7,774
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Al-Janudiyah (Arabic: الجانودية; also spelled al-Janoudiya, el-Janudieh, al-Janoodiya) is a town in northern Syria, administratively part of the Idlib Governorate, located northwest of Idlib along the western banks on the Orontes River in Zawiya Mountain.[2] Nearby localities include Shughur Fawqani to the southwest, Jisr al-Shughur 10 kilometers to the south, Bishlamun to the southeast, Kafr Dibbin to the northeast, Yacoubiyah and al-Qunaya to the north, and Maland to the northwest.

According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, al-Janudiyah had a population of 5,295 in the 2004 census.[1] The town is also the administrative center of the Al-Janudiyah nahiyah which consists of 13 localities with a combined population of 19,642.[1] The town's inhabitants are predominantly Christians.[3]

Al-Janudiya contains ancient pottery resembling that of the Amuq region.[4] The geology of the site is marked by soft marl and limestone.[5]

Syrian civil war

During a Syrian Army operation against opposition rebels in Jisr al-Shughur, on 15 June 2011, al-Janudiyah was surrounded by Syrian troops.[6] On 5 September, after clashing with army deserters fleeing towards the nearby border with Turkey, armor-backed Syrian troops entered al-Janudiyah, according to witnesses.[7] Later, on 15 September, a boy was reportedly killed by security forces during an anti-government demonstration in the town, according to opposition activists.[2]

On 4 February 2012 one rebel was killed and four injured in al-Janudiyah during clashes with Syrian security forces.[8] Further clashes in the town on 11 March left three Syrian Army soldiers and one civilian dead according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.[9] On 1 April a Syrian Army convoy was assaulted by defectors resulting in the deaths of four soldiers and the injuring of eleven others.[10]

In the first days of February 2013 rebels captured al-Janudiyah and nearby Yakubiyah.[3]


  1. 1 2 3 General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Idlib Governorate. (Arabic)
  2. 1 2 Syrian soldiers storm towns near Turkish border. Reuters. Published in Stuff New Zealand. 2011-09-15.
  3. 1 2 Syria rebels tighten noose around key Idlib city. France 24. Originally published by Agence France-Presse. 2013-02-05.
  4. Matthers, 1981, p. 94.
  5. Krasheninnikov, 2005, p. 356.
  6. Fielding-Smith, Abigail. Thousands flee Syrian town as troops gather. Financial Times. 2011-06-15.
  7. Syrian forces renew raids near Turkey, kill youth. Ahram Online. Published by Reuters. 2011-09-05.
  8. Syrian Crisis Updated. Volitaire. Originally published by Syrian Center for Documentation. 2012-02-04.
  9. Annan 'optimistic' after Syria meeting. Al Jazeera English. 2012-03-11.
  10. Wrap-Up 4-Syria's "friends" try to twist screw on Assad. Reuters published in Chicago Tribune. 2012-04-01.
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