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Al Wahat (الواحات)
District
Country Libya
Capital Ajdabiya
Population 177,047 (2006) [1]
Map of Libya with Al Wahat district highlighted
Al Wahat District from 2001 to 2007
The coast of the Al Wahat and Sirte districts (Gulf of Sidra) in the Libyan civil war.

Al Wahat (Arabic: الواحاتAl Wāḥāt, English: The Oases), occasionally spelt Al Wahad or Al Wahah (English: The Oasis) is one of the districts of Libya.[1][2] Its capital and largest city is Ajdabiya.

History

Traditionally Al Wahat was the western part of Cyrenaica. With the division of Libya into ten governorates in 1963, Al Wahat became part of the Misrata Governorate. In the 1973 reorganization it became part of Al Khalji Governorate.[3] In 1983 Al Khalji was divided into a number of baladiyat (districts), with what is now Al Wahat being included in the Ajdabiya baladiyah and the Jalu baladiyah. In the 1988 reorganization, Jalu was subsumed within Ajdabiya baladiyah.

The status of this area in the reorganization of 1995 which created thirteen districts (shabiyat) is unclear; however, in the 1998 reorganization into twenty-six districts, the name "Al-Wahad" appears as a district for the first time.[2] In 2001 the area was divided between Al Wahat District and Ajdabiya District.[1] In 2007 the former Al Wahat district (area:108,670 km2) was enlarged to include what had been the Ajdabiya District and part of Al Kufrah District[4]. It now has essentially the boundaries that the baladiyah (district) of Ajdabiya did from 1988 to 1995.

Boundaries

Al Wahat has a short border with Egypt, and borders the following Libyan districts:

Towns

The following major towns are located within Al Wahat District, as of 2007: Ajdabiya, Al Labbah, El Agheila, Jalu, and Sultan.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Districts of libya". statoids.com. Retrieved 27 October 2009.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css has no content.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Statesman's Yearbook 2006
  3. "Map of the ten governorates of Lybia", Area Handbook for Libya, United States Library of Congress
  4. شعبيات الجماهيرية العظمى – Sha'biyat of Great Jamahiriya, accessed 10 May 2009, in Arabic

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