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Arima, Syria

Arima
العريمة
Town
Arima is located in Syria
Arima
Arima
Location of Arima in Syria
Coordinates: 36°28′26″N 37°43′09″E / 36.4739°N 37.7192°E / 36.4739; 37.7192
Country  Syria
Governorate Aleppo
District al-Bab
Subdistrict Arima
de facto

 Rojava

Population (2004)[1] 2,839
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Arima (Arabic: العريمة‎, Kurdish: Erîma‎), also spelled Orayma or Arimah, is a village located 20 kilometers (12 mi) northeast of the city of al-Bab and 65 kilometers (40 mi) northeast of Aleppo in northern Syria. In the 2004 census, it had a population of 2,839.[1] The town of Qabasin is also to the south-west, and closer than Al-Bab. Manbij city is to the north-east.

Arima is the administrative center of Nahiya Arima of the Al-Bab District.

Syrian Civil War

During the Syrian Civil War, the village came under the control of, first the rebels in 2012, and then ISIL in 2014. During its Manbij offensive in the summer of 2016, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) forces approached the village. In the morning of Monday 20 June 2016, ISIL fighters attacked the Syrian Democratic Forces that had besieged Manbij city, from the Arima village, the Manbij Military Council said.[2][3][4] The clashes continued until the afternoon and were repelled by SDF forces.[3] The Al-Shahba documentation centre said ISIL militants arrested 143, mostly Kurdish, civilians in the neighbourhood of the village on 20 June.[5][6] On 22 June Arima came back in the hands of ISIS, but was retaken by the SDF on 3 October.[7][8] According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as of November 2016 the town was under the control of Manbij Military Council.[9]

Buffer zone

Early 2017 saw military clashes in and around Arima between Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces within the Turkish occupied zone and the Manbij Military Council (MMC). President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey had declared that Operation Euphrates Shield's target after al-Bab would be to rid Manbij of the Kurdish People's Protection Units.[10][11]

On March 1, 2017 an agreement between the SDF and the Syrian government, established a buffer zone along the border between the MMC controlled Manbij area and the Turkish buffer zone. The deal brokered by Russia gave control of five villages to the Syrian government, and by March 4 the Syrian Army had entered the zone. By the 13th March Russian troops had also entered the zone.[12][13][14]

Some further shelling of Arima by the FSA took place after the Syrian army had taken up positions in Arima.[15]

References

  1. ^ a b "2004 Census Data for Nahiya Arima" (in Arabic). Syrian Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 15 October 2015.  Also available in English: UN OCHA. "2004 Census Data". Humanitarian Data Exchange. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Civilians flee ISIS stronghold surrounded by US-backed forces (VIDEO)". RT. 21 June 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Second ISIL counterattack fails to break siege on Manbij, June 21, 2016". aranews.net. 21 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Manbij Military Council: 142 gang members have been killed". ANFNews. 21 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Isis arrests 700 civilians north syria mostly kurds, June 21, 2016". aranews.net. 21 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "ISIS are starting to mass arrest and kill the Kurdish civilians in Northern Aleppo. This comes as the SDF approach these areas, June 20, 2016". mideast.liveuamap.com. 20 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Liveuamap.com, June 22, 2016". mideast.liveuamap.com. 22 June 2016. 
  8. ^ Musa Keilani (8 October 2016). "Kurdish corridor". Jordan Times. 
  9. ^ "Violent clashes renewed in the countryside of Arima and "Euphrates Shield" forces advance at the expense of the "Islamic State"". Syrian Observatory For Human Rights. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Turkish PM says operation in Manbij 'meaningless' without US, Russia coordination". Rudaw. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  11. ^ van Wilgenburg, Wladimir (23 February 2017). "US coalition continues to assist SDF-led Manbij Military Council north Syria - ARA News". ARA News. 
  12. ^ "Atlantic Council analysis: How Russia beat Turkey in Syria". Tornos News. 29 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "Russian Troops Deploy Southwest of Manbij Following Syrian-Kurdish Negotiations". Yahoo News. 13 March 2017. 
  14. ^ van Wilgenburg, Wladimir (5 March 2017). "A Kurdish-Russian deal against Turkey!". ARA News. 
  15. ^ "Damascus Calls on UN to Make Turkey Stop Aggression and Withdraw Army From Syria". Sputnik. 10 March 2017.