Aaichiyeh (Arabic: عيشية) is a village in Jezzine District in Southern Lebanon. It is located 82 kilometers far from Beirut and on altitude of 750 meters, and is accessible by the roads of Nabatieh-Jezzine and Marjayoun-Jezzine. Its population is approximately 4000 people as of 2008.

Aaichiye
عيشية
Aaichiye is located in Lebanon
Aaichiye
Aaichiye
Location in Lebanon
Coordinates: 33°24′31″N 35°33′22″E / 33.40861°N 35.55611°E / 33.40861; 35.55611
Grid position133/163 L
Country Lebanon
GovernorateSouth Governorate
DistrictJezzine District
Elevation
2,170 ft (660 m)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)+3

EtymologyEdit

The name "aïchiye" (العيشية ) goes back to the word "live", which is the symbol of comfortable living and the surrounding pine trees and nature.

Religious sitesEdit

There are 2 churches in Aïchiye: Mar Antonios (مار انطونيوس) Church, and the Church of the Lady (السيدة العذراء). They were built prior to the Lebanese Civil war (1975-1990) and were both renovated at the conclusion of the conflict.

Agriculture and natureEdit

Aichiyeh's soil is fertile, which makes its inhabitants dependent on raising livestock, bees, chickens, and growing olives and fruits such as grapes, peaches and apricots. The spring provides irrigation of cultivated lands. In the past, the villagers planted tobacco, a widespread crop at the time. Aïchiye is known for its abundance in oak and pine trees

HistoryEdit

Phoenician vases were found, indicating a previous Phoenician settlement. The Aichiyeh massacre in 1976 inflicted by Palestinian militias killed many men and depopulated the village for the time being, until a portion of its residents came back to settle in their homes following the conflict. Today, Aichiyeh's people strongly support the lebanese armed forces with good and strong relations between them .

During the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon the IDF had an army base in Aichiyeh.[1] On 6 August 1994 two Israeli soldiers were killed by Hizbollah in Aichiyeh.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tveit, Odd Karsten (2010) Goodbye Lebanon. Israel's First Defeat. Rimal Publication. Translated by Peter Scott-Hansen. ISBN 978-9963-715-03-9 pp.295,300
  2. ^ Middle East International No 484, 6 August 1994, Publishers Lord Mayhew, Dennis Walters MP; Editor Michael Adams; August chronology p.14

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