Location of Zayzafun in Syria

Coordinates: 36°38′59″N 37°10′51″E / 36.6497°N 37.1808°E / 36.6497; 37.1808Coordinates: 36°38′59″N 37°10′51″E / 36.6497°N 37.1808°E / 36.6497; 37.1808
Country  Syria
Governorate Aleppo
District Azaz
Subdistrict Sawran
Elevation 510 m (1,670 ft)
Population (2004)[1] 820
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Geocode C1658

Zayzafun (Arabic: الزيزفون, translit. Zayzafūn), also known as Ikadah (Arabic: ايكدة, translit. Īkidah) which may be alternatively spelled Aykadah or Ekdeh, is a village in the northern Aleppo countryside, Aleppo Governorate, northwestern Syria. Located on the Queiq Plain, between Azaz and al-Rai, the village is some 45 kilometres (28 mi) north of the city of Aleppo, and just 1 km (0.62 mi) south of the border to the Turkish province of Kilis.

Administratively the village belongs to Nahiya Sawran in Azaz District. Nearby localities include Kafr Ghan 2 km (1.2 mi) to the south and Hawar Kilis 3 km (1.9 mi) to the east. In the 2004 census, Zayzafun had a population of 820.[1]

Syrian Civil War

In the Syrian Civil War, the Ikadah IDP Camp, located 1 km (0.62 mi) north of the village at the border to Turkey, offered shelter to internally displaced persons (IDPs), mostly from the subdistricts of Azaz, Nubl, Tell Rifaat and Mare'.[2] In April 2016, the Ikadah camp was filled with 7,763 IDPs, when an imminent ISIL counter-offensive prompted a complete evacuation of the Ikadah camp and neighboring camps near Shamarin and Harjala.[3] On April 14, rebels retreated from Zayzafun and the neighboring villages down to Kafr Ghan and Baraghida, leaving the remaining rebel forces around Dudyan surrounded by ISIL.[4][5]


  1. 1 2 "2004 Census Data for Nahiya Sawran, Aleppo Governorate" (in Arabic). Syrian Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 15 October 2015. Also available in English: UN OCHA. "2004 Census Data". Humanitarian Data Exchange. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  2. REACH Situation Overview: Displacement from Aleppo Governorate, Syria (PDF) (Report). REACH Initiative. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  3. Situation Overview: Displacement in Northern Aleppo Governorate towards A’zaz (PDF) (Report). REACH Initiative. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  4. Chris Tomson (14 April 2016). "Rebels flee across Turkish border as ISIS snatches more villages – Map update". Al-Masdar News. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  5. Flash Update Developments in Northwestern Syria (PDF) (Report). UN OCHA. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
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