Taldou (Turkish: Teldu,[1] Arabic: تلدو, romanized: Talldū, also spelled Tall Daww, Taldo, Tall Dhu or Taldao) is a town in the Houla region of northern Syria, north of Homs in the Homs Governorate. Nearby towns include Burj al-Qa'i to the east, Tallaf to the northeast, Kafr Laha and Tell Dahab to the north, Qarmas and Maryamin to the northwest, al-Taybah al-Gharbiyah and al-Shinyah to the west, Kabu to the southwest, Sharqliyya to the south and Ghur Gharbiyah to the southeast. In 2004 it had a population of 15,727 according to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics.[2] Its inhabitants are predominantly Turkmen Sunni Muslims who speak Turkish a their first language.[3]



Location in Syria
Coordinates: 34°52′59″N 36°30′0″E
Country Syria
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST)+3

On 2012-05-28, together with the neighboring village al-Shumariyeh, Taldou was the scene of the Houla massacre in which 108 civilians, including 49 children and 32 women, were killed, allegedly by Syrian Army shelling and ground attacks by pro-government Shabeeha militiamen.[4] As of 21 June 2012, government forces have been driven from the town center and are relegated to positions on the town's periphery. On May 15th, 2018, Syrian forces retook the town. [5][6]


  1. Günümüzde Suriye Türkmenleri. — Suriye’de Değişimin Ortaya Çıkardığı Toplum: Suriye Türkmenleri, p. 15 ORSAM Rapor № 83. ORSAM – Ortadoğu Türkmenleri Programı Rapor № 14. Ankara — November 2011, 33 pages.
  2. General Census of Population and Housing 2004 Archived 2012-07-29 at Archive.today. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Homs Governorate. (in Arabic)
  3. Smith, 1841, p. 179.
  4. Houla eyewitness: 'They had no mercy'. BBC News. 2012-05-28.
  5. “Some rebels wonder if Syrian troops' poor use of tanks, helicopters is intentional,” McClatchy Newspapers, 21 June 2012.
  6. "YouTube". Retrieved 25 October 2014.


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