Al-Shajara, Syria

Al-Shajara (Arabic: الشجرة, also spelled ash-Shajarah) is a town in southern Syria, administratively part of the Daraa Governorate, located west of Daraa, in between the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Jordan. Nearby localities include Saham al-Jawlan to the east, Nafia to the north, Jamla to the northwest and Bayt Ara to the southwest.


Coordinates: 32°46′18″N 35°52′59″E
Country Syria
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)


In the Ottoman tax registers of 1596, it was located in the nahiya of Jawlan Sarqi, Qada of Hawran, with the name of Sajara. It had a population of 5 households and 2 bachelors, all Muslims. They paid a fixed tax-rate of 25% on agricultural products, including wheat, barley, summer crops, goats and beehives, winter pasture/grass lands, in addition to occasional revenues; a total of 1,988 akçe.[2]

According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, al-Shajara had a population of 6,567 in the 2004 census. It is the administrative center of the al-Shajara nahiyah (subdistrict) which consisted of 17 localities with a combined population of 34,206 in 2004.[1]

As of September 2016, al-Shajara is controlled by the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army of ISIL.[3]

In an offensive on ISIS' pocket in southern Syria, the Syrian Armed Forces took control of this former ISIS stronghold in July 2018.[4]


  1. "General Census of Population 2004". Retrieved 2014-07-10.
  2. Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 197
  4. "BREAKING: Last main ISIS stronghold in southwest Syria falls". AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز. 2018-07-30. Retrieved 2018-07-28.


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