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Khash (Persian: خاش (Xāŝ)‎, also Romanized as Khāsh, Kavash, and Kwāsh; also known as Vāsht)[2] is a city in and the capital of Khash County, in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 56,683, in 10,176 families.[3]


خاش (Xāŝ)
Khash is located in Iran
Coordinates: 28°13′16″N 61°12′57″E / 28.22111°N 61.21583°E / 28.22111; 61.21583Coordinates: 28°13′16″N 61°12′57″E / 28.22111°N 61.21583°E / 28.22111; 61.21583
Country Iran
ProvinceSistan and Baluchestan
 (2016 Census)
 • Total56,584 [1]
Time zoneUTC+3:30 (IRST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+4:30 (IRDT)

The overwhelming majority of the city's inhabitants are ethnic Baloch who speak the Balochi language, and Persians who speak a variant of the Persian language known as Sistani or Seistani which is very similar to Dari, also known as Afghan Persian. It is located at an altitude of 1400 metres (4596 feet).[4]

On April 16, 2013, an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck the Iran-Pakistan border near Balochistan. The epicenter of the earthquake was at Khash.[5]

Khash also is the point of origin for the abnormally high incidence of Factor XIII deficiency, an extremely serious genetic bleeding disorder in Iran; it is more than 100 times more prevalent in Iran than anywhere else due to the high degree of consanguineous marriage.[6]


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  2. ^ Khash, Iran can be found at GEOnet Names Server, at this link, by opening the Advanced Search box, entering "-3070822" in the "Unique Feature Id" form, and clicking on "Search Database".
  3. ^ "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1385 (2006)". Islamic Republic of Iran. Archived from the original (Excel) on 2011-11-11.
  4. ^ Location of Khash - Falling Rain Genomics
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