Arbin is located in Syria
Coordinates: 33°32′19″N 36°21′58″E / 33.538535°N 36.366068°E / 33.538535; 36.366068
Country Syria
GovernorateRif Dimashq
DistrictMarkaz Rif Dimashq
690 m (2,260 ft)
 • Total44,934
Time zoneUTC+3 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (EEST)

Arbin (Arabic: عربين; also spelled Irbin or Arbeen) is a town in southern Syria, administratively part of the Markaz Rif Dimashq District of the Rif Dimashq Governorate, located just east of Jobar neighborhood of Damascus. Nearby localities include Kafr Batna and Saqba to the south, Zamalka and Ein Tarma to the southwest, and Douma to the north. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Arbin had a population of 44,934 in the 2004 census.[1] Arbin is one of the suggested locations for the ancient town of Riblah.

During the Syrian civil war, FSA took control of a number of suburbs north of the capital Damascus, including Arbin on 2 July 2012. FSA fighters reportedly openly patrolled the streets of the suburbs, and clashes occurred less than 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from the center of Damascus city itself.[2] In November 2012, there was sustained fighting in the town after a regain in strength of the rebels in Rif Dimashq. It was reported to be under rebel control as of 7 December 2012.[3] In 2017-18, during the government siege of eastern Ghouta, Arbin was one of the towns targeted in multiple airstrikes by Syrian and Russian aircraft, for instance on 4 January 2018.[4]

In the end of March 2018, the Syrian army imposed their control over the area of Eastern Ghouta including Arbin.[5]


  1. ^ a b General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Rif Dimashq Governorate. (in Arabic)
  2. ^ Bill Neely: International Editor. "Is Syrian Army losing control of Damascus? - ITV News". Retrieved 2012-12-22. ((cite web)): |author= has generic name (help)
  3. ^ Holliday, Joseph; Michael Lynch (7 December 2012). "The Battle for Damascus: The Current State of Play in Syria". Institute for the Study of War. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  4. ^ Syria war: 'Russian strikes' kill 25 in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, BBC, 4 January 2018
  5. ^ "باستثناء دوما…. قوات النظام تفرض سيطرتها على كامل الغوطة الشرقية". SOHR. 31 March 2018. Retrieved 31 March 2018.