Zalebiye

Zalebiye: modern name of a Roman-Byzantine fort on the east bank of the river Euphrates.

The towers of Zalebiye, seen from Halebiye
The towers of Zalebiye, seen from Halebiye

One of the main forts along the river Euphrates was Zenobia (modern Halabiye). Across the river, the Palmyrene rulers built a second fort, which was rebuilt by the emperor Justinian. River floods and earthquakes have caused its rapid destruction: only its eastern wall, with several remarkable towers, survives.

The site is, perhaps, better known as the place of an Israeli air strike in September 2007.

This page was created in 2009; last modified on 22 August 2015.