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Abil (Arabic: آبل‎, also spelled Abel or Aabel) is a village in central Syria, administratively part of the Homs Governorate, located 10 kilometers south of Homs. Nearby localities include al-Nuqayrah and Kafr Aya to the north, Maskanah to the northeast, Judaydat al-Sharqiyah to the east, Shinshar to the southeast, Damina al-Sharqiyah to the south, al-Buwaydah al-Sharqiyah to the southwest and Qattinah to the west. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Abil had a population of 2,873 in the 2004 census.[1] Its inhabitants are predominantly Sunni Muslims.[2]

Abil
آبل
Abel
Village
Abil is located in Syria
Abil
Abil
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 34°38′14″N 36°40′34″E / 34.63722°N 36.67611°E / 34.63722; 36.67611
Country  Syria
Governorate Homs
District Homs
Subdistrict Homs
Population (2004)
 • Total 2,873

Abil is identified the Roman era settlement of Abila Lysaniae.[3] The medieval Syrian geographer Yaqut al-Hamawi visited the village in the 1220s, noting it was "A village of Hims, lying near the city, to the south, and about 2 miles distant."[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ General Census of Population and Housing 2004 Archived 2012-07-31 at Archive.is. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Homs Governorate. (in Arabic)
  2. ^ Smith, 1841, p. 176.
  3. ^ Lipinski, 2000, p. 250.
  4. ^ le Strange, 1890, p. 381.

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