- This article is mainly about the modern Israeli settlement, not the biblical town
|• ISO 259||Qiryat ʔarbaˁ|
|• Also spelled||Qiryat Arba (official)|
|District||Judea and Samaria Area|
|• Type||Local council|
|• Head of Municipality||Malachi Levinger|
|• Total||4,386 dunams (4.386 km2 or 1.693 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,700/km2 (4,300/sq mi)|
|Name meaning||Town of the Four [Giants]|
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.