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The 14 governorates of Syria, or muhafazat (sing. muhafazah), are divided into 65 districts, or manatiq (sing. mintaqah), including the city of Damascus. The districts are further divided into 281 subdistricts, or nawahi (sing. nahiya).[1] Each district bears the same name as its district capital.

Districts and subdistricts are administered by officials appointed by the governor, subject to the approval of the minister of the interior. These officials work with elected district councils to attend to assorted local needs, and serve as intermediaries between central government authority and traditional local leaders, such as village chiefs, clan leaders, and councils of elders.

List of districtsEdit

The 65 districts are listed below by governorate (with capital districts in bold text). The city of Damascus functions as a governorate, a district and a subdistrict. Parts of Quneitra Governorate have been under Israeli occupation since 1967 (see Golan Heights).

Aleppo GovernorateEdit

Damascus GovernorateEdit

Daraa GovernorateEdit

Deir ez-Zor GovernorateEdit

Hama GovernorateEdit

Al-Hasakah GovernorateEdit

Homs GovernorateEdit

Idlib GovernorateEdit

Latakia GovernorateEdit

Quneitra GovernorateEdit

Raqqa GovernorateEdit

Rif Dimashq GovernorateEdit

As-Suwayda GovernorateEdit

Tartus GovernorateEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Syria Description 2003" (in Arabic). Central Bureau of Statistics of Syria. Archived from the original on 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2007-05-09.

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