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Koçhisar Mosque in Kızıltepe
Koçhisar Mosque in Kızıltepe
Kızıltepe Qoser is located in Turkey
Kızıltepe Qoser
Coordinates: 37°11′38″N 40°35′10″E / 37.19389°N 40.58611°E / 37.19389; 40.58611Coordinates: 37°11′38″N 40°35′10″E / 37.19389°N 40.58611°E / 37.19389; 40.58611
 • Elected MayorNilufer Elik Yılmaz (HDP)
 • KaymakamHuseyn Cam
 • District1,416.37 km2 (546.86 sq mi)
498 m (1,634 ft)
 • Urban
 • District
 • District density160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Post code

Kızıltepe (Kurdish: Qoser[3], Ottoman Turkish: Koçhisar‎ or Tell-Ermen (meaning "Armenian hill"),[4] Arabic: دنيصر‎) is a town in, and a district of Mardin Province of Turkey. As of 2014, the town had a population of 225,888. Most of the people are Kurds but there are some Arabs, Turks (who came here for government business) and Christians.


In the local elections of March 2019 Nilüfer Elik Yılmaz was elected as Mayor.[5] But on 15 November 2019 she was dismissed and a trustee was appointed.[6] The current District Governor is Huseyn Cam, who also appointed as trustee.[6]


The town has a historic 13th century great Friday mosque built by the Artukids.

In the late 1980s there existed a refugee camp for Kurds who fled persecution by Saddam Hussein.[7]

It was also the scene of clashes between protesting Kurds and Turkish riot police in 2006.[8] In Kiziltepe have been imposed curfews in the past.[9]

Kızıltepe, with +48.8 °C (119.84 °F) on August 14, 1993, holds the record for the highest temperature ever recorded in Turkey.[10]


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  2. ^ "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
  3. ^ Avcýkýran, Dr. Adem (ed.). "Kürtçe Anamnez, Anamneza bi Kurmancî" (PDF). Tirsik. p. 55. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  4. ^ Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 4 (1200-1350), David Thomas, Alexander Mallett, page 331, 2012
  5. ^ Şafak, Yeni (2019-11-17). "Mardin Kızıltepe Seçim Sonuçları – Kızıltepe Yerel Seçim Sonuçları". Yeni Şafak (in Turkish). Retrieved 2019-11-16.
  6. ^ a b "Turkey removes 15th pro-Kurdish mayor since March over alleged terror links". IPA NEWS. 2019-11-05. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
  7. ^ Relations, United States Congress Senate Committee on Foreign (1990). United States Policy Toward Iraq: Human Rights, Weapons Proliferation, and International Law : Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred First Congress, Second Session, June 15, 1990. Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 67.
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  9. ^ "Curfew in 6 Southeastern Cities". Bianet. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
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