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Idlib or Idleb is a city in northwestern Syria. It is situated in a fertile basin midway between Aleppo and Latakia and is an important textile centre and a market for one of Syria's better agricultural districts. Major crops include cotton, cereals, olives, figs, grapes, tomatoes, sesame, and almonds. Local industries include spinning and olive-oil pressing. Pop. (2003 est.) 116,080

The Idlib area is very historically significant, containing many "dead cities" and over 190 man-made hills called tells, the most famous of which is at Tell Mardikh, Ebla, once the capital of a great kingdom. The cuneiform tablets found at Ebla prove that this area has been settled since the 3rd millennium BC.


Main References: wikipedia.org, The Syrian, Britannica, Encarta and Columbia encyclopedias, ....


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