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Al Kifl (Arabic: الكفل‎; also known as Kifl) is a town in southeastern Iraq on the Euphrates River, between Najaf and Al Hillah. The population in and near the town is about 15,000. Kifl is the location of Al-Nukhailah Mosque, containing the tomb of Dhul-Kifl who is believed be the biblical prophet Ezekiel. A project to renovate the tomb and develop it as a tourist attraction has proven controversial.[2] The town was once a significant Jewish pilgrimage site and home to a community of Iraqi Jews until the late 1940s.[3]

Al Kifl

Vendors line the main road through Kifl.
Vendors line the main road through Kifl.
Al Kifl is located in Iraq
Al Kifl
Al Kifl
Location within Iraq
Coordinates: 32°13′27″N 44°22′36″E / 32.22417°N 44.37667°E / 32.22417; 44.37667
Country Iraq
Named forDhul-Kifl
 • Total439 sq mi (1,137 km2)
115 ft (35 m)
 • Total22,800
 • Density52/sq mi (20/km2)
Time zoneUTC+3
Postal code
Ancient minaret in Kifl.

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  1. ^ "Iraq: Governorates, Major Cities & Urban Centers - Population Statistics, Maps, Charts, Weather and Web Information". Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  2. ^ "Crossroads of Antiquity Can’t Decide on New Path" article by Steven Lee Myers in The New York Times October 19, 2010, October 20, 2010
  3. ^ Porter, Lizzie (26 March 2019). "Babylon's forgotten tomb, a symbol of Iraq's ancient Jewish heritage". Middle East Eye.

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