Arima, Syria


Location of Arima in Syria

Coordinates: 36°28′26″N 37°43′09″E / 36.4739°N 37.7192°E / 36.4739; 37.7192Coordinates: 36°28′26″N 37°43′09″E / 36.4739°N 37.7192°E / 36.4739; 37.7192
Country  Syria
Governorate Aleppo
District al-Bab
Subdistrict Arima
Population (2004)[1] 2,839
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Arima (Arabic: العريمة, Kurdish: Erîma), also spelled Orayma or Arimah, is a village located 20 kilometers (12 mi) northeast of the city of al-Bab in northern Syria. In the 2004 census, it had a population of 2,839.[1] The town of Qabasin is also to the south-west, and closer than Al-Bab. Manbij city is to the north-east.

Arima is the administrative center of Nahiya Arima of the Al-Bab District.

Syrian Civil War

During the Syrian Civil War, the village came under the control of, first the rebels in 2012, and then ISIL in 2014. During its Manbij offensive in the summer of 2016, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) forces approached the village. In the morning of Monday 20 June 2016, ISIL fighters attacked the Syrian Democratic Forces that had besieged Manbij city, from the Arima village, the Manbij Military Council said.[2][3][4] The clashes continued until the afternoon and were repelled by SDF forces.[3] The Al-Shahba documentation centre said ISIL militants arrested 143, mostly Kurdish, civilians in the neighbourhood of the village on 20 June.[5][6] On 22 June Arima came back in the hands of ISIS, but was retaken by the SDF on 3 October.[7][8] According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as of November the town was under the control of Manbij Military Council.[9]


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