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General view of Karnaz
General view of Karnaz
Karnaz is located in Syria
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 35°23′23″N 36°29′12″E / 35.389618°N 36.486657°E / 35.389618; 36.486657Coordinates: 35°23′23″N 36°29′12″E / 35.389618°N 36.486657°E / 35.389618; 36.486657
Population (2004)
 • Total14,075
 • EthnicitiesSyrians
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Karnaz (Arabic: كرناز‎, also spelled Kirnaz and Kernaz ) is a town in northern Syria, administratively part of the Hama Governorate, located northwest of Hama. Nearby localities include Kafr Zita and Khan Shaykhun to the east, Kafr Nabudah to the north, Qalaat al-Madiq and al-Suqaylabiyah to the west and Kafr Hud, Tremseh, and Shaizar to the south. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, Karnaz had a population of 14,075 in the 2004 census.[1] Its inhabitants are predominantly Sunni Muslims.[2]


Karnaz modified from Kafr naz, likewise many villages in the area: Kafr is a Syriac word which means "farm" or small "village". The second part 'Naz' is unknown word which might refer to a person.

Public services and facilities[edit]

the unique hospital of Karnaz became military center for regime force

Many public schools beside some private languages institutes form the basis of the educational process for the students. About seven children have been killed due to an attack on their school in 12 of November 2014.[3]. Some important facility, like the unique hospital of the town, became military center of Assad troops and its allied militia after they completely control the town on February 2013.

Syrian Civil War[edit]

During the Syrian Civil War rebel forces had controlled the town until early February 2013, when Syrian Army and pro-government forces surrounded the town from the west and south.[4] On February 8 2013, government and rebel sources confirmed the battle ended with withdrawal of rebel forces. Later on March 14, 2018, rebel forces launched an offensive on the city along with Hamamiyat and Magha'ir.This offensive is known as the Anger for Ghouta campaign. Rebel forces captured all 3 cities, and surrounding towns. The regime in response launched several airstrikes at the city in an attempt to recapture it.[5][6]

In 18-September 2018, and to avoid a possible attack of the regime forces on Idlib and possible consequences on the civilians, and to avoid possible refugees stream, Russia and Tuerkey made an agreement to create a buffer zone with width 15-20 km around Idlib. Karnaz is located in the Russian observed part of the buffer zone. [7]


  1. ^ General Census of Population and Housing 2004 Archived 2013-01-12 at Archive.is. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Hama Governorate. (in Arabic)
  2. ^ Smith, 1841, p. 178.
  3. ^ http://www.alhayat.com/Articles/5664732/مقتل-سبعة-أطفال-في-سقوط-قذائف-على-مدرستهم-في-ريف-حماة
  4. ^ "خاص سوريا الغد جولة بمدنية كرناز المنكوبة". Syria Tomorrow. Jan 28, 2013. Retrieved Jan 28, 2013.
  5. ^ http://www.almayadeen.net/ar/news/syria-pXwVSGsQlUmd86FfAQd,vg/الجيش-السوري-يستعيد-السيطرة-على-كرناز
  6. ^ "Damascus clashes rage as troops take central town". 7 February 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  7. ^ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-45554188