Akçakale

Akçakale (Arabic: تل أبيض; Tal Abyaḍ) is an ethnic Arab town and a district of Şanlıurfa Province, in southeastern Turkey.

Akçakale
Akçakale town
Akçakale
Coordinates: 36°42′39″N 38°56′52″E
Country Turkey
ProvinceŞanlıurfa
Government
  MayorMehmet Yalçınkaya (AKP)
  KaymakamHamza Özer
Area
  District690.86 km2 (266.74 sq mi)
Elevation
360 m (1,180 ft)
Population
 (2012)[2]
  Urban
28,684
  District
91,731
  District density130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Websitewww.akcakale.bel.tr

It lies on the road TUR-D-885. Akçakale forms a divided city with Tell Abyad in Syria, maintaining a border crossing. In October 2014, reporters for the Sunday Herald newspaper in Scotland, Sheren Khalel and Matthew Vickery, documented self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant presence in the town, due to the porous nature of the border between the Turkish border town and Tell Abyad, which has been under ISIS control[3] until June 15, 2015, when the city was retaken by Kurdish People's Protection Units.

The Mayor is Mehmet Yalçınkaya (AKP).[4] The District Governor Hamza Özer.[5]

2012 Syrian border clash

On October 3, 2012, Akçakale was hit by shells from across the Syrian border in Tell Abyad, killing five civilians.[6][7]

Climate

Akçakale has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification: Csa).

Climate data for Akçakale
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 10
(50)
13
(55)
17
(62)
23
(73)
29
(84)
35
(95)
39
(102)
38
(100)
35
(95)
27
(80)
19
(66)
12
(53)
24
(75)
Average low °C (°F) 1
(33)
2
(35)
5
(41)
9
(48)
13
(55)
18
(64)
21
(69)
20
(68)
16
(60)
11
(51)
5
(41)
2
(35)
10
(50)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 91
(3.6)
69
(2.7)
69
(2.7)
48
(1.9)
25
(1)
2.5
(0.1)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
23
(0.9)
43
(1.7)
79
(3.1)
450
(17.8)
Source: Weatherbase[8]

References

  1. "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  2. "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
  3. Khalel, Sheren; Vickery, Matthew (25 October 2014). "No-one here trusts anyone anymore: Inside an Islamic State stronghold". Sunday Herald.
  4. Şafak, Yeni (2019-07-11). "Şanlıurfa Akçakale Seçim Sonuçları – Akçakale Yerel Seçim Sonuçları". Yeni Şafak (in Turkish). Retrieved 2019-11-08.
  5. "Akçakale Kaymakamlığı". www.akcakale.gov.tr. Retrieved 2019-11-08.
  6. La Turquie riposte après des tirs d'obus syriens sur son sol, Le Figaro, 04/10/2012
  7. "Turkey hits targets inside Syria after border deaths". BBC News. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  8. "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Akcakale, Turkey". Weatherbase. 2011. Retrieved on 24 November 2011.
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