Hama Governorate (Arabic: مُحافظة حماة / ALA-LC: Muḥāfaẓat Ḥamā) is one of the fourteen governorates (provinces) of Syria. It is situated in western-central Syria. Its area depends on sources. It varies from 8,844 km² to 8,883 km². Governorate has a population of 1,593,000 (2010 estimate). The capital is Hama.
Map of Syria with Hama highlighted
|Coordinates (Hama): Coordinates:|
|• Governor||Mohammad Abdullah al-Hazzouri|
|• Total||8,883 km2 (3,430 sq mi)|
|Estimates range between 8,844 km² and 8,883 km²|
|• Density||180/km2 (470/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||SY-HM|
Land use and agricultureEdit
Hama is an important agricultural and industrial center in Syria, with 3,680 square kilometres (1,420 sq mi), over a third of the governorate's area, under cultivation. The governorate produces over half of the national crop of potatoes and pistachio nuts, as well as growing a variety of other vegetables. Livestock ranching is also common in the governorate.
These are further divided into 22 sub-districts (nawahi).
For the most part, the governorate has stayed under the Syrian Government's control. As of February 2016, it remains under the Syrian Government's control, save for Opposition forces straddling the border with Idlib and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant occupying parts of the rural east.
On 21 September 2017, ISIL agreed to surrender all its remaining territory in the governorate to the Syrian Arab Army.
- "Breaking: ISIS agrees to surrender all its territory in rural Hama to the Syrian Army". AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز. 2017-09-21. Retrieved 2017-09-21.