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Birecik
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Birecik, a town of North-West Mesopotamia, in the Aleppo valley, altitude 1170 ft., built on a limestone cliff 400 ft. high on the left bank of the Euphrates. Population about 10`000, three-quarters Moslem and in mayority Kurds. It is situated at one of the most important crossings of the Euphrates, where there was, in ancient times, a bridge of boats, and is now a ferry on the road from Aleppo to Urfa, Diarbekir and Mosul. Birecik corresponds actually to Apamea, which lay opposite Zeugma, and commanded the bridge with its strong castle (Kala Beda) now much ruined.
The ferry over an unusually deep and narrow part of the Euphrates has been used from time immemorial in the passage from North Syria to Harran (Charrae), Edessa (Urfa) and North Mesopotamia, and was second in importance only to that at Thapsacus (in Syria), by which crossed the route to Babylon and South Mesopotamia.

There is also Turkey`s biggest Bald Ibis Station.

(It is told that Birecik was the scene of an unusually cruel massacre and persecution of Armenians in 1895)

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