Yafran

Yafran

يفرن
ⵢⴼⵔⴰⵏ

Iefren
City
Top: The view from the city of Yafran; Middle Left: Yellow blossom flowers blooming in spring; Middle right: Ancient church in Yafran; Bottom left: The ancient ruin town of Yafran Bottom right: The houses in Yafran covered with snow
Top: The view from the city of Yafran; Middle Left: Yellow blossom flowers blooming in spring; Middle right: Ancient church in Yafran; Bottom left: The ancient ruin town of Yafran Bottom right: The houses in Yafran covered with snow
Yafran is located in Libya
Yafran
Yafran
Location in Libya
Coordinates: 32°03′46″N 12°31′36″E / 32°03′46″N 12°31′36″E / 32.06278; 12.52667
Country Libya
RegionTripolitania
DistrictJabal al Gharbi
Elevation678 m (2,224 ft)
Population
 (2012)[2]
 • Total54,573
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
Area code(s)+218 421

Yafran ən/ (Berber: ⵢⴼⵔⴰⵏ Ifran, Arabic: يفرنYafran, Italian: Iefren), also spelled Jefren, Yefren, Yifran, Yifrin or Ifrane, is a city in northwestern Libya, in the yefren District in the western Nafusa Mountains. Before 2007, Yafran was the administrative seat of the Yafran District.[3]

Libyan civil war

Yafran people, as in other cities of Libya, have demonstrated against Gaddafi. Subsequently, Yafran was exposed to bombardment and siege by Gaddafi forces. As of May 2011, Gaddafi's forces had shut down the water system and blocked food supplies[4] and held the western part of the town with some 500 rebels in the eastern section of Yafran still resisting.[5]

Yafran fell to Gaddafi's forces sometime in late May or early June. The centre of the town was used as a position for "government tanks, artillery guns and snipers".[6] On 2 June, rebel forces retook the city center and started to clear the area of Gaddafi's forces.[7] On 6 June, an on-site Reuters journalist reported that the pro-Gaddafi forces were nowhere to be seen in or around the town.[8]