Arbin, Syria

Coordinates: 33°32′19″N 36°21′58″E / 33.538535°N 36.366068°E / 33.538535; 36.366068
Country  Syria
Governorate Rif Dimashq Governorate
District Markaz Rif Dimashq
Nahiya Arbin
Elevation 690 m (2,260 ft)
Population (2004)[1]
  Total 44,934
Time zone EET (UTC+3)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+2)

Arbin (Arabic: عربين; also spelled Irbin or Arbeen) is a town in southern Syria, administratively part of the Markaz Rif Dimashq District of the Rif Dimashq Governorate, located just east of Jobar neighborhood of Damascus. Nearby localities include Kafr Batna and Saqba to the south, Zamalka and Ein Tarma to the southwest, and Douma to the north. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Arbin had a population of 44,934 in the 2004 census.[1] Arbin is one of the suggested locations for the ancient town of Riblah.

During the Syrian civil war, FSA took control of a number of suburbs north of the capital Damascus, including Arbin on 2 July 2012. FSA fighters reportedly openly patrolled the streets of the suburbs, and clashes occurred less than 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from the center of Damascus city itself.[2] In November 2012, there was sustained fighting in the town after a regain in strength of the rebels in Rif Dimashq. It was reported to be under rebel control as of 7 December 2012.[3]


  1. 1 2 General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Rif Dimashq Governorate. (Arabic)
  2. Bill Neely: International Editor. "Is Syrian Army losing control of Damascus? - ITV News". Retrieved 2012-12-22.
  3. Holliday, Joseph; Michael Lynch (7 December 2012). "The Battle for Damascus: The Current State of Play in Syria". Institute for the Study of War. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
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