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Zawita (Kurdish: Zawîte,Arabic: زاويتة‎, Syriac: ܙܘܝܬܐ), is an historically Assyrian town of about 5,000 people in the Dohuk Governorate.[1] The name of the village is thought to come from Syriac ܙܘܝܬܐ meaning "corner."[2]

The village is inhabited mainly by Kurds and the second biggest group being the Assyrians. At one point it was home to mostly Assyrians, prior to the Simele massacre.[3]

A number of Assyrian Christian-owned businesses in the village were looted and burned downed during the 2011 Dohuk riots.[4]


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Coordinates: 36°54′21″N 43°8′34″E / 36.90583°N 43.14278°E / 36.90583; 43.14278{{#coordinates:36|54|21|N|43|8|34|E|type:city(1000)_region:IQ-DA |primary |name=

  1. A Tour in the north.
  2. Rudolf Wittkower, Douglas Fraser, Howard Hibbard, Milton J. Lewine (1967). Essays in the history of architecture presented to Rudolf Wittkower , Volume 1. Phaidon. p. 9. 
  3. Royal Central Asian Society, Central Asian Society, London (1934). Journal of the Royal Central Asian Society , Volume 21. London: Royal Central Asian Society. p. 46. 
  4. "إضرام النار وسط فندق سياحي في دهوك واعتقال 32 شخصا إثر الحادث". 4 December 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2011.