Dayr az Zawr

Dayr az Zawr –ĕz– [key], town, capital of Dayr az Zawr governorate, E Syria, on the Euphrates River. It is a prosperous farming town, with cattle-breeding and an agricultural school. It is also a hub for transdesert travel and has an airport. Salt rock mines are nearby. The modern town was built by the Ottoman Empire in 1867. France occupied Dayr az Zawr in 1921 and made it the seat of a large garrison. In 1946 it became part of independent Syria. It is a cultural center and has a university, but the city suffered significant devastation in Syria's civil war, when it was besieged (2014–17) by Islamic State forces. The town's name also is tranliterated as Deir al-Zour and Dayr al-Zur.

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