Rmelan (Rimêlan / Rumelan / Ramelan / Rimelan / Rmeilan)

Rmelan (Arabic: رميلان‎, Kurdish: Rimêlan‎, Classical Syriac: ܪܡܝܠܐܢ‎) is a town in the Qamişlo Canton, in the Jazira Region of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria.

Former headquarter of Syrian Petroleum Company, the town is famous for being one of the major centres of oil production in Syria.

Until 2012, Rumelan was cut off from the Kurds who lived around it by a high wall and barbed wire. Assad’s oil company exploited nearby oil fields of the same name, with profits going to members of his ruling Baath party. Now, the compound serves as the Jazira headquarters of the Movement for a Democratic Society, or TEV-DEM, Rojava’s coalition government in which Yusif’s party, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), has majority control.

The town has a well-developed infrastructure including roads of 22 km-long, public parks, swimming pools, family clubs, cinema halls and cultural centres.

The population of the town is of mixed Arab, Kurd and Assyrian ethnicities. However, Rmelan is also home to a large number of workers resettled from other Syrian regions.

According to an official 2009 estimate, the population at that time was 11,500.

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