Kiryat Arba

Local

Synonyms:
Kiriath-arba, keer-YAT AR-bah, קִרְיַת אַרְבַּע
Kiryat_Arba (Wikipedia)
This article is mainly about the modern Israeli settlement, not the biblical town

Kiryat Arba

  • קִרְיַת־אַרְבַּע
  • قرية أربع
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • ISO 259Qiryat ʔarbaˁ
 • Also spelledQiryat Arba (official)
Kiryat Arba Square.jpg
Kiryat Arba is located in the Southern West Bank
Kiryat Arba
Kiryat Arba
Coordinates: 31°31′42″N 35°7′7″E / 31.52833°N 35.11861°E / 31.52833; 35.11861Coordinates: 31°31′42″N 35°7′7″E / 31.52833°N 35.11861°E / 31.52833; 35.11861
RegionWest Bank
DistrictJudea and Samaria Area
Founded1968–1971
Government
 • TypeLocal council
 • Head of MunicipalityMalachi Levinger
Area
 • Total4,386 dunams (4.386 km2 or 1.693 sq mi)
Population
(2017)
 • Total7,339
 • Density1,700/km2 (4,300/sq mi)
Name meaningTown of the Four [Giants]
WebsiteOfficial website

Kiryat Arba or Qiryat Arba (Hebrew: קִרְיַת־אַרְבַּע‬), lit. "Town of the Four," is an urban Israeli settlement on the outskirts of Hebron, in the Judean Mountains region of the West Bank. Founded in 1968, in 2017 it had a population of 7,339.

The international community considers Israeli settlements illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this. According to a classified 1970 document “The method for establishing Kiryat Arba" released in 2016, the establishment of Kiryat Arba used a system of annexing land to a military base for the purpose of civilian settlement, the first time this happened in the West Bank according to Shlomo Gazit.

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