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Akçakale (Arabic: تل أبيض‎) Tal Abyaḍ, is an ethnic Arab town and a district of Şanlıurfa Province, in southeastern Turkey.

Akçakale
Akçakale town
Akçakale town
Akçakale is located in Turkey
Akçakale
Akçakale
Coordinates: 36°42′39″N 38°56′52″E / 36.71083°N 38.94778°E / 36.71083; 38.94778Coordinates: 36°42′39″N 38°56′52″E / 36.71083°N 38.94778°E / 36.71083; 38.94778
Country Turkey
ProvinceŞanlıurfa
Government
 • MayorAbdulhakim Ayhan (AKP)
 • KaymakamŞefik Aygöl
Area
 • District690.86 km2 (266.74 sq mi)
Elevation
360 m (1,180 ft)
Population
 (2012)[2]
 • Urban
28,684
 • District
91,731
 • District density130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Websitewww.akcakale.bel.tr

It lies on the road TUR-D-885. Akçakale forms a divided city with Tell Abyad in Syria, maintaining a border crossing. In October 2014, reporters for the Sunday Herald newspaper in Scotland, Sheren Khalel and Matthew Vickery, documented self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant presence in the town, due to the porous nature of the border between the Turkish border town and Tell Abyad, which has been under ISIS control[3] until June 15, 2015, when the city was retaken by Kurdish People's Protection Units.

The mayor is Abdülhakim Ayhan (AKP).[4]

Border towns of Akçakale in Turkey and Tal Abyad in Syria.

2012 Syrian border clashEdit

On October 3, 2012, the town of Akçakale in Turkey was hit by shells from across the Syrian border in Tal Abyad, killing five civilians.[4][5]

ClimateEdit

Akçakale has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification: Csa).

Climate data for Akçakale
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 10
(50)
13
(55)
17
(62)
23
(73)
29
(84)
35
(95)
39
(102)
38
(100)
35
(95)
27
(80)
19
(66)
12
(53)
24
(75)
Average low °C (°F) 1
(33)
2
(35)
5
(41)
9
(48)
13
(55)
18
(64)
21
(69)
20
(68)
16
(60)
11
(51)
5
(41)
2
(35)
10
(50)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 91
(3.6)
69
(2.7)
69
(2.7)
48
(1.9)
25
(1)
2.5
(0.1)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
23
(0.9)
43
(1.7)
79
(3.1)
450
(17.8)
Source: Weatherbase[6]

ReferencesEdit

 
Districts of Şanlıurfa
  1. ^ "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  2. ^ "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
  3. ^ Khalel, Sheren; Vickery, Matthew (25 October 2014). "No-one here trusts anyone anymore: Inside an Islamic State stronghold". Sunday Herald.
  4. ^ a b La Turquie riposte après des tirs d'obus syriens sur son sol, Le Figaro, 04/10/2012
  5. ^ "Turkey hits targets inside Syria after border deaths". BBC News. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Akcakale, Turkey". Weatherbase. 2011. Retrieved on 24 November 2011.