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Ömerli, Şanlıurfa

Ömerli is located in Turkey
Country Turkey
Province Şanlıurfa
District Halfeti
 • Mayor Mehmet Tarhan
Elevation 600 m (2,000 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Urban 582

Ömerli, formerly known as Amara, is a village in Halfeti, Şanlıurfa Province, southeastern Turkey. The population is estimated at 1,182. Many of the population have moved to Germany for employment. Kurdish is spoken widely in the village. It has a small primary school with nearby villages providing secondary or further education.

The village was originally founded by the Paulicians.

The village is the birthplace of the Abdullah Öcalan, the Kurdish leader of the PKK, who was born there on April 4, 1949. Every year on his birthday thousands of Kurds march towards the village to celebrate his birthday. On April the 4th, 2009 a group of 15.000 Kurds was marching towards Amara. The march was interrupted by Turkish authorities resulting in clashes. 2 men lost their lives.[1]


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