Al-Salihiyah, Deir ez-Zor Governorate

Al-Salihiyah (Arabic: الصالحية; also spelled Salhiyé) is a town in eastern Syria, administratively part of the Deir ez-Zor Governorate, located on the western bank of the Euphrates River, south of Deir ez-Zor. Nearby localities include al-Asharah, Mayadin and al-Muhasan to the north and Hajin and al-Jalaa to the south. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, al-Salihiyah had a population of 4,471 in the 2004 census.[1] The village is located just next to the site of ancient Dura-Europos.


Coordinates: 34.767616°N 40.645784°E / 34.767616; 40.645784
Country Syria
GovernorateDeir ez-Zor Governorate
DistrictAbu Kamal District
 (2004 census)[1]
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Syrian Civil War

In the Syrian civil war the town was located in the centre of the self-proclaimed caliphate of ISIL from early 2014 until December 2017. On 3 December 2017, Tiger Forces belonging to the Syrian government surrounded the town,[2] who later captured on 7 December.[3] It was one of the last towns west of the Euphrates to be controlled by ISIL.

In a counteroffensive on 13 December ISIL forces briefly recaptured the town,[4] only to lose it again, along with all other territories gained in their counteroffensive when, three days later, a large Syrian army attack was launched on the western bank of Euphrates river.[5]


  1. General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Deir az-Zawr Governorate. (in Arabic)
  2. "Goodbye 'caliphate': Syrian Army surrounds last IS strongholds in Deir Ezzor". ALM. 5 December 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  3. "Kremlin, Russian Military Declare the End of Islamic State Group in Syria". News Click. 7 December 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  4. "Islamic State launched major Deir ez-Zor offensive, recovers towns". PanAmenianNet. 13 December 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  5. "ISIS kicked out of Euphrates River Valley after big Syrian Army attack". Al Masdar News. 16 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
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