Saqba is located in Syria
Coordinates: 33°31′11″N 36°23′4″E / 33.51972°N 36.38444°E / 33.51972; 36.38444
Country Syria
GovernorateRif Dimashq Governorate
DistrictMarkaz Rif Dimashq
NahiyaKafr Batna
650 m (2,130 ft)
 • Total25,696
Time zoneUTC+3 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (EEST)

Saqba (Arabic: سقبا; also spelled Sakba or Siqba) is a town in southern Syria, administratively part of the Markaz Rif Dimashq District of the Rif Dimashq Governorate, 7 km east of central Damascus. Nearby localities include Jisrin to the southeast, Kafr Batna to the southwest, Hizzah to the southwest and Hamouriyah and Beit Sawa to the north. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Saqba had a population of 25,696 in the 2004 census.[1]


Study and recitation of the Quran was held in the mosque of Saqba as early as the 12th century when its khatib was Ahmad ibn Hasan al-Kafatabi.[2] Saqba was visited by Syrian geographer Yaqut al-Hamawi in the early 13th century, during Ayyubid rule. He noted that it was "a village of the Ghautah of Damascus."[3]

Modern era

In the 1950s Saqba served as a village center of a district which contained seven other villages, with a total population of 12,000.[4] Today, Saqba has become a working-class eastern suburb of Damascus.[5]

Syrian Civil War

During the Syrian civil war, Saqba was under Free Syrian Army control since 2012,[6] with splinter factions taking over eventually and would fall under siege by government forces from 2013[7] to 2018.[8] The town was heavily damaged during the course of the war.[9]


  1. ^ a b General Census of Population and Housing 2004 Archived 2012-12-20 at Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Rif Dimashq Governorate. (in Arabic)
  2. ^ Talmon-Heller, 2007, p. 69
  3. ^ le Strange, 1890, p. 527
  4. ^ Money-Kyrle, 1956, p. 43.
  5. ^ Starr, 2012, p. 192.
  6. ^ Bowen, Jeremy (27 January 2012). "Syria unrest: Assad losing grip on Damascus suburb Saqba". BBC News. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  7. ^ Mardini, Ward (12 March 2016). "Syrian civil war: Hundreds renew 'pledge' to oust Assad". Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Syria's Assad visits troops in Eastern Ghouta". France 24. 18 March 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  9. ^ "Eastern Ghouta Syria: The neighbourhoods below the bombs". BBC News. 29 March 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2021.