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Rab El Thalathine

Rab El Thalathine
رب ثلاثين
Map showing the location of Rab El Thalathine within Lebanon
Map showing the location of Rab El Thalathine within Lebanon
Rab El Thalathine
Location within Lebanon
Coordinates: 33°14′56″N 35°31′8″E / 33.24889°N 35.51889°E / 33.24889; 35.51889
Grid position198/294 PAL
Country Lebanon
GovernorateNabatieh Governorate
DistrictMarjeyoun District
620 m (2,030 ft)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Dialing code+961

Rab El Thalathine (رب ثلاثين) is a village in the Marjeyoun District in southern Lebanon.


According to E. H. Palmer, the name Rubb Thelâthin comes from rubb meaning syrup; and thelâthin meaning thirty.[1]


In 1875, Victor Guérin found it to be a village inhabited by Metawileh. He further remarked that the mosque was constructed out of parts from an old church.[2]

In 1881, the PEF's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) found here "several lintels and cisterns."[3]

They further described it: "A small village, built of stone, containing about 100 Metawileh, situated on a hill-top, surrounded by figs and arable land; water supply from cisterns and spring near, and a small birket.[4]

Modern era

During the 2006 Lebanon War, on the 10th of August, Israeli missiles killed five women in the village, aged from 31 to 82 years of age. There were no indications that Hezbollah fighters were present at the time of the strikes.[5]


  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 32
  2. ^ Guérin, 1880, p. 272
  3. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 138
  4. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, pp. 89-90
  5. ^ HRW, 2007, pp. 142-143


  • Conder, C.R.; Kitchener, H.H. (1881). The Survey of Western Palestine: Memoirs of the Topography, Orography, Hydrography, and Archaeology. Vol. 1. London: Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund.
  • Guérin, V. (1880). Description Géographique Historique et Archéologique de la Palestine (in French). Vol. 3: Galilee, pt. 2. Paris: L'Imprimerie Nationale.
  • HRW (2007). Why They Died: Civilian Casualties in Lebanon During the 2006 War. Human Rights Watch.
  • Palmer, E.H. (1881). The Survey of Western Palestine: Arabic and English Name Lists Collected During the Survey by Lieutenants Conder and Kitchener, R. E. Transliterated and Explained by E.H. Palmer. Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund.
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