Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army
|Elevation||367 m (1,204 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
Jarabulus (Arabic: جرابلس / ALA-LC: Jarābulus; Turkish: Cerablus, Aleppo dialect: Jrāblos) is a Syrian city administratively belonging to Aleppo Governorate. Jarabulus, also known as Jerablus, lies on the western bank of the river Euphrates. In the 2004 census, the city had a population of 11,570. The population has increased significantly during the Syrian civil war. It is considered to be the de facto capital of the opposition-controlled Northwestern part of Syria.
In the Bronze and Iron Ages, the archaeological site lying just North of Jarabulus (half of which is now in Turkey) was called "Karkemish", in Greek and Roman times the ancient name of the city was "Europos" (Εὐρωπός), which must have been at the origin of the modern form of the toponym Jerabis.
The original 18th century form of the toponym seems to have been "Djerabis", later found however as "Djeraboolos" or "Djerablus", probably deriving from Hierapolis (modern-day Manbij, to the South-West).
Following the outbreak of the Syrian civil war, the Syrian opposition took it over along with its border post with Turkey on July 20, 2012. However from early July 2013 the town was controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. By January 2014, rebels mainly from the al-Tawhid Brigade engaged in clashes with ISIL and seized the town, but ISIL was able to recapture it within hours.
An article published by The Guardian said that attempts by the People's Protection Units (YPG) to capture Jarabulus were prevented by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who, according to media reports, had threatened in 2015 to attack the YPG using Turkish Armed Forces if they moved against Jarabulus. This threat secured ISIL control of the town.
Operation Euphrates Shield
On 24 August 2016 around 4:00 AM (local time), Turkey-backed rebels and the Turkish Land Forces launched a military operation into Syria. The operation was supported by the Turkish Air Force along with US-led coalition aircraft in an attempt to clear a passage for the troops. By 24 August, Jarabulus and neighboring towns were captured by the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army. The TFSA, backed by Turkish tanks, then connected Jarablus to al-Rai to push ISIL forces away from the Turkish border.
On 6 September 2016, the Karkamış-based council of Jarabulus that had been constituted 2 years prior, accused Turkey of attempting to replace them with a newly formed council consisting of pro-Turkish Turkmen separatists. The Sultan Murad Division denied the accusations and accused the local council of being PYD "collaborators", although it did confirm forming a "council of elders" in the city. Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki's political leader Yasser Ibrahim al-Yusuf, son of the perpetrator of the Aleppo Artillery School massacre, also said that the city would be governed by a newly formed council.[better source needed] The head of the Syrian Interim Government based in Turkey, Jawad Abu Hatab, has met with the Jarabulus local council on the same day.[better source needed]
On 1 October the Syrian Turkmen Assembly head Dr. Emin Bozoğlan visited Jarablus along with other Turkmen and Turkish officials and pointed in his statement that "advance should continue until all Turkmen regions are under control", also congratulating the setting up of the Turkmen-composed police brigade Sultan Suleyman Shah Brigade for the public order in the city of Jarabulus and its vicinity.[better source needed]
On 22 January 2017, 450 members of a police force trained and equipped by Turkey were deployed in Jarabulus. The Jarabulus police is headed by defected Syrian Army brigadier general Abdel Razaq Aslan.[better source needed]
After the Turkish operation in August and September 2016, Turkish authorities planned the building of a three-kilometre (1.9-mile) cable from Karkamış to Jarabulus in order to restore electricity in the city, with two kilometres (1.2 miles) being in Syrian territory. The electricity and potable water will be provided for free to the residents of Jarabulus.
On 26 September, following the visits of Turkish officials from Gaziantep Municipality including its mayor and connecting of Jarabulus to the Turkish electrical power grid, a former school in Jarabulus was turned into a hospital and started servicing and was seen with an official Turkish sign reading "Turkish Ministry of Health - Jarablus Hospital" with a flag of Turkey.
Jarabulus has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification Csa), with influences of a continental climate during winter, hot dry summers, and cool wet and occasionally snowy winters. The average high temperature in January is 7.8 °C (46.0 °F) and the average high temperature in August is 38.1 °C (100.6 °F). The snow falls usually in January, February or December.
|Climate data for Jarabulus|
|Average high °C (°F)||8.0
|Average low °C (°F)||−1.2
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||71
|Average rainy days||12||8||6||4||4||1||0||0||1||3||5||10||54|
|Average snowy days||2.0||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.5||4.5|
|Average relative humidity (%)||75||67||60||56||42||40||35||35||44||47||55||74||53|
|Source: Weather Online, Weather Base, BBC Weather and My Weather 2|
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