Location of Mare' in Syria

Coordinates: 36°28′58″N 37°11′47″E / 36.4828°N 37.1964°E / 36.4828; 37.1964Coordinates: 36°28′58″N 37°11′47″E / 36.4828°N 37.1964°E / 36.4828; 37.1964
Country  Syria
Governorate Aleppo
District Azaz
Subdistrict Mare'
Elevation 420 m (1,380 ft)
Population (2004)[1] 16,904
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Geocode C1643

Mare' (Arabic: مارع Māriʿ, locally pronounced Mēreʿ), also spelled Marea, is a town in northern Aleppo Governorate, northwestern Syria. It is the largest town and administrative centre of the Mare' nahiyah in the Azaz District. Located some 25 kilometers north of the city of Aleppo, the town has a population of 16,904 as per the 2004 census.[1] Nearby localities include Shaykh Issa and Tell Rifaat to the west, A'zaz to the northwest, Dabiq to the northeast, al-Bab to the southeast, and Maarat Umm Hawsh and Herbel to the south.

Mare' is the administrative center of Nahiya Mare' of the Azaz District.

Syrian Civil War

Mare' has been affected by the ongoing Syrian uprising against the government of Bashar al-Assad. The Ibn Walid brigade of the opposition Free Syrian Army was formed in the town in August 2012.[2] The Mare' Operations Room is as well based around the town.

As of January 2015, Mare' was controlled by the Islamic Front.[3]

As of May 2016, Mare' is under attack of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. In February 2016, Russian airstrikes have preceded an assault by Kurdish YPG militias and forced the overwhelming majority of the population to escape.[4] In August 2016, Mare' was reportedly controlled by FSA.[5][6][7][8]


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