Hama Governorate

Hama Governorate (Arabic: مُحافظة حماة / ALA-LC: Muḥāfaẓat Ḥamā) is one of the fourteen governorates (provinces) of Syria. It is situated in western-central Syria. Measures of its area vary from 8,844 km²[1] to 8,883 km².[2] It has a population of 1,593,000 (2010 estimate). The capital is the city of Hama.

Hama

مُحافظة حماة
Ḥamā
Map of Syria with Hama highlighted
Coordinates (Hama): 35.2°N 37.2°E / 35.2; 37.2
Country Syria
CapitalHama
Manatiq (Districts)5
Government
  GovernorMohammad Abdullah al-Hazzouri
Area
  Total8,883 km2 (3,430 sq mi)
 Estimates range between 8,844 km² and 8,883 km²
Population
 (2011)
  Total1,628,000
  Density180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
ISO 3166 codeSY-HM
Main language(s)Arabic

Land use and agriculture

Hama is an important agricultural and industrial center in Syria, with 3,680 square kilometres (1,420 sq mi), over a third of the governorate's area, under cultivation. The governorate produces over half of the national crop of potatoes and pistachio nuts, as well as growing a variety of other vegetables. Livestock ranching is also common in the governorate.

Districts

The governorate is divided into five districts (manatiq):

These are further divided into 22 sub-districts (nawahi).

Demographics

Hama Governorate is of Sunni majority, with a small Alawites and Christian population.

Civil war

For the most part, the governorate has stayed under the Syrian Government's control. As of February 2016, it remains under the Syrian Government's control, save for Opposition forces straddling the border with Idlib and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant occupying parts of the rural east.

On 21 September 2017, ISIL agreed to surrender all its remaining territory in the governorate to the Syrian Arab Army.[3]

References

  • ehama The First Complete website for hama news and services
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