Hader ( ar|حضر, also spelt ''Hadar'') is a village in southern Syria
, administratively part of the Khan Arnabah
Subdistrict of the Quneitra Governorate
. It is in the portion of the governorate that is still under Syrian, rather than Israel
i, control. The town is located just outside the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force
Zone. Nearby localities include Beit Jinn
to the northeast, Harfa
to the east, Jubata al-Khashab
to the south, Majdal Shams
in the Israeli−occupied Golan Heights
to the west and Shebaa
to the northwest.
According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics
, Hader had a population of 4,819 in the 2004 census.
[General Census of Population and Housing 2004](_blank)
Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Quneitra Governorate.
Its inhabitants are predominantly from the Druze
In the 1895-96 conflict between the Druze of Hauran
and the Ottoman government
and their local allies, Hader and nearby Hina were assaulted by Circassian
s and Bedouin
fighters from the Golan allied with the Ottomans. This followed a Druze attack which devastated 12 villages in the Hauran plain near al-Shaykh Maskin
. Following the attack on Hader, Druze fighters from Majdal Shams retaliated by attacking the Circassian-inhabited village of Mansura, which in turn led to Ottoman and Circassian raids against the Druze villages in the Golan.
In mid-June 2015, during the Quneitra offensive
of the Syrian Civil War
, rebel forces reportedly surrounded the village, which is pro-Assad
. However, their motives are disputed.
Even though the surrounding localities are under rebel control, the town had remained under government control for the entire duration of the civil war.
On 13 March 2019, Israel
accused senior Lebanese Hezbollah
operative Ali Musa Daqduq
of having been sent to Syria and founding a network of "a few" Syrian operatives manning outposts in Hader and collecting intelligence against Israeli targets.
The accusation included video footage of men walking to and from the outposts.
Category:Druze communities in Syria
Category:Towns in Quneitra Governorate