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Bin Jawad /ˌbɛn əˈwɑːd/ (Arabic: بن جوادBin Jawād), also known as Bin Jawwād, Bin Quwad is a town with estimated 8,488 inhabitants in the Sirte District in Libya.[1] It is approximately halfway between Benghazi and Misrata. The nearest settlements are Nofaliya, which about 20 km to the west, and the port of Sidra, which is about 30 km to the southeast of Bin Jawad.

Bin Jawad

بن جواد
Bin Jawad is located in Libya
Bin Jawad
Bin Jawad
Location in Libya
Coordinates: 30°48′03″N 18°05′11″E / 30.80083°N 18.08639°E / 30.80083; 18.08639Coordinates: 30°48′03″N 18°05′11″E / 30.80083°N 18.08639°E / 30.80083; 18.08639
Country Libya
30 ft (10 m)
 • Total8,488
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)


Libyan Civil WarEdit

During the Libyan Civil War, anti-Gaddafi forces moved into the city on 5 March 2011. Forces loyal to Gaddafi infiltrated the city by night and attacked the anti-Gaddafi forces on the next day which resulted in the Battle of Bin Jawad. The anti-Gaddafi forces fled the town and on 7 March 2011, it was back in the hand of the government. The pro-Gaddafi forces continued to push further east and started the second phase of the battle of Ra's Lanuf.[2]

On 27 March 2011, rebels returned to Bin Jawad and recaptured the town.[3] However, by 29 March, pro-Gaddafi forces had halted the rebels advance and forced them to flee the town. The rebels briefly returned and a battle broke out for the town.[4] By the end of the day, after a series of artillery duels, the rebels retreated from the town in hundreds of vehicles, some of them as far as Ra's Lanuf.[5]

On 23 August 2011, loyalist forces began to disintegrate due to the rebel assault on Tripoli. At the same time, rebel forces advanced from the east, taking Brega and Ra's Lanuf and once again advanced on Bin Jawad.

Rebel forces reported that they had successfully re-taken Bin Jawad on 28 August 2011.[6]

Later EventsEdit

In January 2016, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant's Libyan branch (ISIL) seized control of the town, they were driven out by Government forces in May 2016.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 May 2012. Retrieved 2011-03-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) World Gazetteer
  2. ^ "Rebel push stalls outside Ras Lanuf". Al Jazeera. 10 March 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Libyan rebels retake hamlet of Bin Jawad". Straits Times. 27 March 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Battle over US budget". BBC News. 31 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Gaddafi troops force rebels back". BBC. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
  6. ^ Chick, Kristen (28 August 2011). "Libya's revolution returns to Bin Jawad, this time they say for good". The Christian Science Monitor.
  7. ^ "Libyan forces advance in push on Islamic State strongholds". Associated Press. 30 May 2016.