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Ashdod

NameAshdod
EmblemCoat of arms of Ashdod.png
Image SkylineEsjdavid055.jpg
Hebname 
ISOʔašdod
Pushpin MapIsrael ashkelon
Latd31|latm=48|lats=0|latNS=N
Longd34|longm=39|longs=0|longEW=E
Founded1956
Typecity
Typefrom1968
Districtsouth
Population207,800
Population Footnotes
Popyear2009
Area Dunam47242
MayorYehiel Lasri

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Ashdod ( ; , إسدود Isdud), is the sixth-largest city in Israel, located in the Southern District of the country, on the Mediterranean coast, located 32 km (19.9 mi) south of Tel Aviv and 20 km (12.4 mi) north of Ashkelon and 53 km (32.9 mi) west of Jerusalem. Ashdod is an important regional industrial center. The Port of Ashdod is Israel's largest port accounting for 60% of the country's imported goods.

The first documented settlement in Ashdod dates to the Canaanite culture of 17th century BC, making the city one of the oldest in the world. Ashdod is mentioned 13 times in the Bible. During its history the city was settled by Philistines, Israelites, Byzantines, Crusaders and Arabs.

Modern Ashdod was established in 1956 on the sand hills near the site of the ancient town, and incorporated as a city in 1968, with a land-area of approximately 60 km2 (23.2 sqmi). Being a planned city, expansion followed a main development plan, which facilitated traffic and prevented air pollution in the residential areas, despite population growth. According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, Ashdod had a population of 206,400 at the end of 2009, the sixth largest city in Israel, and had an area of 47242 dunam.


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