|Location||Syria, Al Hasakah|
|Central coordinates||40o 22.00' East 36o 25.00' North|
|Altitude||600 - 920m|
|Year of IBA assessment||1994|
Site description A mountain range (up to 920 m) lying west of Al-Hasakah and running for c.50 km east–west. The southern slopes are gentle, but the northern slopes are a very steep, linear scarp with frequent cliffs. Numerous small wadis drain the slopes. The steppe vegetation includes Pistacia, Prunus and Rhamnus scrub, with extensive shrubs of Artemisia, Atriplex, Helianthemum and Teucrium. There is an extensive and ongoing afforestation project, planting Pistacia, Pinus brutia and P. halepensis
Key Biodiversity See box for key species. As well as species listed below, Pterocles alchata is a common resident.
Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals: Canis lupus (V), Gazella subgutturosa (rare); Equus hemionus hemippus (V) survived in this area until the 1930s. Flora: many endemics are confined to the isolated mountains in the Syrian Desert.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus||resident||1993||common||-||B2||Least Concern|
|Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus||winter||1993||unknown||-||B2||Near Threatened|
|Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus||breeding||1993||4 breeding pairs||poor||B2||Least Concern|
|Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus||breeding||1993||15 breeding pairs||poor||B2||Endangered|
|2014||very high||not assessed||medium|
|Human intrusions and disturbance||work and other activities||happening now||whole area/population (>90%)||moderate to rapid deterioration||very high|
|Over-exploitation, persecution and control of species||hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - unintentional effects (species is not the target)||happening now||whole area/population (>90%)||moderate to rapid deterioration||very high|
|Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)||A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive||Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity||medium|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial - terrestrial||minor|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Acknowledgements Data-sheet compiled by Dr Ibrahim Hanna and Dr Amer Majid Agha (translated by S. Zaiane).
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