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Tarhuna (/tɑːrˈhnə/; Arabic: ترهونة‎), also Tarhoona or Tarhunah, is a Libyan town 65 kilometres (40 mi) to the southeast of Tripoli, in the Murqub District. The city derives its name from that of its pre-Roman-era inhabitants, a Berber tribe. The city was known as al-Boirat during the 19th through mid 20th century but assumed its current name after Libyan independence. The Tarhuna District, including the city of Msallata, had an urban population of about 296,000 (est. 2003). The population in Tarhuna proper was calculated to be 13,264 in 2011.[2]


Official seal of Tarhuna
Tarhuna is located in Libya
Location in Libya
Coordinates: 32°26′02″N 13°38′04″E / 32.43389°N 13.63444°E / 32.43389; 13.63444
Country Libya
Elevation1,289 ft (393 m)
 • Total13,264
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)

Geographical boundaries: from the "Valley of the famm Molgha" west to "Burkaat Oueny" eastward. Then from the "Suq al Juma (Al-msab`ha)" north, " Al-mzawgha and Marghna" south.[3]


In the city centre of Tarhuna, just opposite the Tarhuna mosque, there is a memorial to Ali Swidan Alhatmy, who was a hero in the 18 June 1915 Battle of El-Shqiga against the Italians. He was captured in 1922 and hanged by the Italians in the town square.

Population generally belongs to the Tarhuna tribe, which was favoured during the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. In late August 2011 (as part of the Libyan Civil War), opposition forces from the National Liberation Amy entered Tarhuna, amidst mixed feelings from the citizens.[4] It is known that Khamis Gaddafi, son of Muammar Gaddafi, died in clashes near Tarhuna.[5]

On 23 August 2012 Interior ministry spokesman Abdelmonem al-Hur stated that more than a hundred tanks and twenty-six rocket launchers were seized from an alleged pro-Gaddafi militia (named Katibat Al-Awfiyah, or Brigade of the Faithful), during a raid on their campsite in Tarhuna. The operation ended with one of the suspects killed, eight wounded and thirteen detainees, accused of being linked with the 19 August Tripoli bombings.[6][7][8]


Tarhuna is a leading producer of olive oil, cereals, figs, grapes, sparto grass, and various nuts.[citation needed]


The Faculty of Law of Al Nasser University is located north of town.[9]

Coordinates: 32°26′02″N 13°38′04″E / 32.43389°N 13.63444°E / 32.43389; 13.63444

Notable people of TarhunaEdit

  • Ahmed Al-Mraied. Commander - tribes Tarhunah - during the period of resistance against the Italian colonization in Tarhunah - a four bosses for - Republic of Tripoli - was chosen to be heads the Shura Council of the Republic of Tripoli - as it was named chairman of the Reform Party National 30 September 1919 - was elected president of the Conference of Gharyan 1920 and the presidency of the Commission reform central
  • Al-Mabrouk Al-Montaser. Born in the Suq Al-Ahad in Tarhunah - was commander of the fighters in the western region of Tarhunah against Italian forces - in battles (Shara`a Ash Shat - Ain Zara - Beyr Terffas). Emigrated to Egypt after the end of the resistance in Libya
  • Ali Al-Abany. Born in Al-Ghomen Village Tarhuna 1946 - Painter - studied painting in Italy and graduated excellent grade - founding member (Club Painters) in Tripoli in 1960 - Won the award - the Golden Sail - of the State of Kuwait in 1975.
  • Mohammed Az Zwawey. Highlighted Caricaturist in Libya - Born in the suburbs of Benghazi in 1936, died on Sunday, 5 June 2011
  • Ahmed Mukhtar Al-Tarhuni. Photographer winning several awards locally and internationally and the Arab world
  • Suleiman Altarhuni. Lyricist - wrote lyrics known in Libya, including ( weenak weenak ) artist Mohamed Hassan


Founded in Tarhunah many sports clubs: Al-Noor School club ( teachers club ) - Al-Amal Club was founded in 1960 - the hero of the Football League in the central region - currently playing in the third division Al-Shabeba Club Club Soqor Al-Sag`ya

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Wolfram Alpha
  2. ^ a b "Data from World Gazetteer". Archived from the original on 4 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Libya 2003 Census of Population" Libyan national authority for information and authentication, archive from Internet Archive, 21 January 2008
  4. ^ "Gadhafi loyalists remain firm." Archived 23 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine Concord Monitor/AP, 31 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-31.
  5. ^ "The car was armoured like a tank. But that wasn't enough to save Gaddafi's son Khamis when the rebels took their vengeance". Daily Mail. London.
  6. ^ "At least 12 killed in tribal clash in Libya". NBC. Reuters. 23 August 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Libya seizes tanks from pro-Gaddafi militia". BBC. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Tanks seized from pro-Gaddafi militia". Courier Mail. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  9. ^ Azema, James (2000) Libya handbook: the travel guide Footprint, Bath, United Kingdom, page 119, ISBN 1-900949-77-6

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