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Tartus and Arwad

Tartus goes back to the 2nd millennium BC.
The Crusaders occupied it in the 12th century, called it Tortosa and made it an important center of the Crusades.
Today it is an important commercial and military port.
Tartus is the last Russian military base outside the former Soviet Union.

Arwad is the only inhabited island in Syria. and is located 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from Tartus,
The island was settled in the early 2nd millennium BC by the Phoenicians. Its inhabitants are mentioned in the early lists of Genesis and Ezekiel.

During the later part of the 13th century, the Crusades built a fortress on the island which was used as a or staging area for battle.

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