Member State of the Arab League
The 14 governorates of Syria, or muhafazat (sing. muhafazah), are divided into 65 districts, or manatiq (sing. mintaqah), including the city of Damascus. The districts are further divided into 281 subdistricts, or nawahi (sing. nahiya). Each district bears the same name as its district capital.
Districts and subdistricts are administered by officials appointed by the governor, subject to the approval of the minister of the interior. These officials work with elected district councils to attend to assorted local needs, and serve as intermediaries between central government authority and traditional local leaders, such as village chiefs, clan leaders, and councils of elders.
The 65 districts are listed below by governorate (with capital districts in bold text). The city of Damascus functions as a governorate, a district and a subdistrict. Parts of Quneitra Governorate have been under Israeli occupation since 1967 (see Golan Heights).
* - a newly created district since 2010, formerly belonging to Homs District
* - includes Aleppo City
** - a newly created district since 2008, formerly belonging to Mount Simeon District
*** - a newly created district since 2009, formerly belonging to Al-Bab District
* - a newly created district since 2009, formerly belonging to Markaz Rif Dimashq District and parts of Al-Zabadani District