Jdeidat Yabous

Jdeidat Yabous
جديدة يابوس
Jdeidet Yabous
Jdeidat Yabous

Location in Syria

Coordinates: 33°39′14″N 35°58′18″E / 33.65389°N 35.97167°E / 33.65389; 35.97167Coordinates: 33°39′14″N 35°58′18″E / 33.65389°N 35.97167°E / 33.65389; 35.97167
Country  Syria
Governorate Rif Dimashq Governorate
District Qudsaya District
Nahiyah Al-Dimas
Population (2004 census)[1]
  Total 994
Time zone EET (UTC+3)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+2)

Jdeidat Yabous (Arabic: جديدة يابوس; also spelled Jdeidet Yabous), previously known as Ainkania, is a village situated 45 kilometres (28 mi) west of Damascus, Syria.[2][3][4] According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, the village had a population of 994 in the 2004 census.[1]

The village sits in the hills, on the border between Syria and Lebanon where a checkpoint is operated between the two countries. Weapons have been seized at the checkpoint, being smuggled from Lebanon concealed in the floor of a truck, to arm rebels in the Syrian civil war.[5]

There are seams of iron ore in the area.[4]

Ain Qaniya spring and Roman temple

There is a spring and Roman temple in the area called Ain Qaniya or Ayn Qaniya. Julien Aliquot identified the ancient name of the village, which was previously called Ainkania after this spring.[3] A study of the ancient settlement and sanctuary is currently in progress under Ibrahim Omeri.[6] It has been suggested that the goddess Leucothea was worshiped at the temple, which sits in the north east of a group of Temples of Mount Hermon.[7]


  1. 1 2 General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Rif Dimashq Governorate. (Arabic)
  2. May M. Hourani; Charles M. Heyda; United States Board on Geographic Names; United States Defense Mapping Agency (1983). Gazetteer of Syria: names approved by the United States Board on Geographic Names. Defense Mapping Agency. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  3. 1 2 Susanne Carlsson (29 April 2010). Hellenistic democracies: freedom, independence and political procedure in some east Greek city-states. Franz Steiner Verlag. ISBN 978-3-515-09265-4. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  4. 1 2 Jan Petránek; Franklyn Bosworth Van Houten; International Geological Correlation Programme. Project 277, Phanerozoic Oolitic Ironstones (1997). Phanerozoic ooidal ironstones: contribution to the International Geological Correlation Programme: Project 277-Phanerozoic Ooidal Ironstones. Czech Geological Survey. ISBN 978-80-7075-245-6. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  5. SANA: Syrian authorities seize arms coming from Lebanon, Now Lebanon, 29 September 2011.
  6. Ted Kaizer (2008). The Variety of Local Religious Life in the Near East In the Hellenistic and Roman Periods. BRILL. pp. 319–. ISBN 978-90-04-16735-3. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  7. Louis Jalabert; René Mouterde (1967). Inscriptions grecques et latines de la Syrie ... P. Geuthner. Retrieved 23 September 2012.

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