Kafr Nabl (Arabic: كفرنبل, also spelled Kafranbel or Kafr Nabil) is a town administratively belonging to the Idlib Governorate and Ma'arrat al-Numan District in northwestern Syria. It is situated 735 meters (2,411 ft) above sea level. In the 2004 census by the Syrian Central Bureau of Statistics Kafr Nabl had a population of 15,455. In the early 1960s it had a population of about 1,200. Kafr Nabl's inhabitants are predominantly Sunni Muslims.
Location in Syria
|Coordinates: 35°36′50″N 36°33′40″E|
|Elevation||735 m (2,411 ft)|
Before Syrian civil war Kafr Nabl was Syria's largest producer of figs and a major producer of olives. About 3,700 hectares, or 778,000 trees were used for fig cultivation. Roughly 60% of the population were employed in the production and natural processing of the fruit. Farmers in Kafr Nabl did usually dedicate around 80% of their cultivation time to the production of figs and 20% for olives.
Since the civil war, the town has gained fame for producing satirical videos about the war. It belongs to an area controlled by the Army of Conquest.
Activist Raed Fares (activist) and journalist Hamoud Junaid were killed in Kafr Nabl. on November 23rd, 2018, by an unknown gunman.
Most of the town's remaining inhabitants fled in early 2019, due to the violence that erupted during the 2019 Northwestern Syria offensive. Shortly thereafter, the rebel groups in control of the town received a "stark warning" from Russia, which accused them of using it to stage alleged false-flag chemical attacks against the Syrian government, as well as a launching ground for missiles targeting government-controlled areas in violation of the Idlib demilitarization agreement. On 21 July 2019, the local council of the rebel-held town declared that "everything [in the town] had been destroyed and burnt" as a result of clashes and government airstrikes targeting rebel positions within it.
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