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Other transcription(s)
 • Arabic عقّابة
 • Also spelled al-Aqaba (official)
Akkaba (unofficial)
 • Hebrew עקבה
'Aqqaba is located in the Palestinian territories
Location of 'Aqqaba within the Palestinian territories
Coordinates: 32°21′03″N 35°20′59″E / 32.35083°N 35.34972°E / 32.35083; 35.34972Coordinates: 32°21′03″N 35°20′59″E / 32.35083°N 35.34972°E / 32.35083; 35.34972
Palestine grid 183/195
Governorate Tubas
 • Type Municipality
Population (2007)
 • Jurisdiction 6,548
Name meaning the steep or mountain road[1]

'Aqqaba (Arabic: عقّابة‎‎; Hebrew: עקבה‎) is a Palestinian town located on a slope in the Jordan Valley in the northern West Bank, 15 kilometers northeast of Jenin in the Tubas Governorate. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), the town had a population of 6,598 inhabitants in the 2007 census.[2]


Pottery remains from the Persian, Hellenistic and Byzantine eras have been found.[3]

Ottoman era[edit]

In 1870 Victor Guérin found the village to have 130 inhabitants, who had a mosque in the eastern part of the village.[4]

In 1882, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine described it as "a good sized village on the northern slope of Ras el Akra. It is surrounded with brushwood on the hills, but has arable land below."[5]

British Mandate of Palestine[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine, conducted by the British Mandate authorities, 'Aqqaba had a population of 330; 8 Christians and 322 Muslims,[6] increasing in the 1931 census to 411; 9 Christians and 403 Muslims, in a total of 89 houses.[7]

Post 1967[edit]

It has been under Israeli occupation since 1967.

'Aqqaba is made up of three main families: Abu Arra, Abu Ghannam and al-Masri. During clear weather, Haifa could be seen from the west on the Mediterranean Sea as well as the summit of Jabal ash-Sheikh in Lebanon, while from the east the mountains of Ajloun in Jordan are clearly seen day and night. 'Aqqaba is the highest point in the Tubas Governorate. 'Aqqaba lies five kilometers east the Arab American University.


  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 198
  2. ^ 2007 PCBS Census. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. p.106.
  3. ^ Zertal, 2007, pp. 149-150
  4. ^ Guérin, 1874, p. 354
  5. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 227
  6. ^ Barron, 1923, Table IX, Sub-district of Nablus, p. 24
  7. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 59


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