Adorayim

Synonyms:
Adoraim, אֲדוֹרַיִם
Adorayim (Wikipedia)
Dura
Arabic transcription(s)
 • Arabicدورا
 • LatinDurrah (official)
Map of Dura circa 1943
Map of Dura circa 1943
Official logo of Dura
Municipal Seal of Dura
Dura is located in the Palestinian territories
Dura
Dura
Location of Dura within Palestine
Coordinates: 31°30′25″N 35°01′40″E / 31.50694°N 35.02778°E / 31.50694; 35.02778Coordinates: 31°30′25″N 35°01′40″E / 31.50694°N 35.02778°E / 31.50694; 35.02778
Palestine grid152/101
StateState of Palestine
GovernorateHebron
Government
 • TypeCity (from 1967)
 • Head of MunicipalityMr. Ahmad Salhoub
Population
 (2015)
 • Total36,170
Name meaningDura (proper noun) from Hebrew אֲדוֹרַים Adoraim

Dura (Arabic: دورا‎) is a Palestinian city located eleven kilometers southwest of Hebron in the Hebron Governorate in the southern West Bank. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the town had a population of over 28,268 in 2007. The current mayor is Sameer Al-Namoura.

The city is identified with the biblical Adoraim, mentioned by Apocrypha and Josephus. The modern Arabic name is a sound conversion from Hebrew.

In 1517, the village was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire with the rest of Syria. After the British Mandate, in the wake of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, Dura came under Jordanian rule. Dura was established as a municipality on January 1, 1967, five months before it came under Israeli occupation after the Six-Day War.

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