Halba, Lebanon

Halba (Arabic: حلبا‎) is the capital of Akkar Governorate in northern Lebanon, close to the border with Syria. It is located at around 34°33′2″N 36°4′41″E / 34.55056°N 36.07806°E / 34.55056; 36.07806. Its population is divided between Sunni Muslims, Greek Orthodox Christians, Maronites, and followers of other religions.[1]

Halba
حلبا
City
Map showing the location of Halba within Lebanon
Map showing the location of Halba within Lebanon
Halba
Location within Lebanon
Coordinates: 34°33′2″N 36°4′41″E / 34.55056°N 36.07806°E / 34.55056; 36.07806Coordinates: 34°33′2″N 36°4′41″E / 34.55056°N 36.07806°E / 34.55056; 36.07806
Country Lebanon
GovernorateAkkar Governorate
DistrictAkkar District
Elevation
167 m (548 ft)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Dialing code+961

HistoryEdit

In 1838, Eli Smith noted the village, whose inhabitants were Greek Orthodox, located west of esh-Sheikh Mohammed.[2]

In 1856 it was named Halba on the map of Northern Palestine/Lebanon that Heinrich Kiepert published that year,[3]

Halba is home to Sada Akkar Newspaper, the only privately owned news agency in Akkar District. Halba is also home to a Lebanese Red Cross First Aid Center.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Municipal and ikhtiyariah elections in Northern Lebanon" (PDF). The Monthly. March 2010. p. 21. Archived from the original on 3 June 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 3, 2nd appendix, p. 183
  3. ^ Kiepert, 1856, Map of Northern Palestine/Lebanon

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