Rabia, Syria

This article is about the town in Latakia Governorate. For the village in Hama Governorate, see al-Rabiaa.
Coordinates: 35°47′9″N 36°2′17″E / 35.78583°N 36.03806°E / 35.78583; 36.03806
Country  Syria
Governorate Latakia Governorate
District Latakia District
Nahiyah Rabia
Population (2004 census)[1]
  Total 1,986
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Rabia (Arabic: ربيعة) is a town in northwestern Syria, administratively part of the Latakia Governorate, located north of Latakia. Nearby localities include Kesab to the north, Mashqita and Ayn al-Bayda to the southwest and Qastal Ma'af to the west. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, Rabia had a population of 1,986 in the 2004 census. It is the administrative center of the Rabia nahiyah ("subdistrict"), which consisted of 21 localities with a collective population of 8,214 in 2004.[1] The inhabitants of the town and the subdistrict are predominantly Sunni Muslims of Turkmen origin.[2]

During the Syrian war, it was controlled by the Free Syrian Army until 24 January 2016, when Syrian government forces supported by Russian air strikes took control of the town, cutting off a channel of supplies for the anti-Assad rebels from Turkey and returned the city to government control.


  1. 1 2 General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Latakia Governorate. (Arabic)
  2. Balanche, Fabrice (2006). La région alaouite et le pouvoir syrien (PDF) (in French). Karthala Editions. ISBN 2845868189.
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