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Azaz or A'zāz (Arabic: أعزاز) is a small town in [[Syria]], around 50 km north-northwest of [[Aleppo]].  
 
Azaz or A'zāz (Arabic: أعزاز) is a small town in [[Syria]], around 50 km north-northwest of [[Aleppo]].  
  
You have to cross this town when hitchhiking towards [[Turkey]] (Kilis checkpoint).
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You have to cross this town when hitchhiking towards [[Kilis]], [[Turkey]].
  
Read the experience below this article before traveling along this way, or stopping in Azaz. It's considered to be one of the few dangerous places in [[Syria]] for foreigners.  
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Read the experience below this article before traveling along this way, or stopping in Azaz. It's considered to be one of the ''few'' dangerous places in [[Syria]] for foreigners.  
  
 
==Hitching Out==
 
==Hitching Out==
 
===North ([[Turkey]])===
 
===North ([[Turkey]])===
In the ''city center'', a place where you find several restaurants and the main mosque, walk along the mosque to the right, cross the place and go into the street in the upper left corner. Walk along this street for around 1 km and start hitchhiking if a car might pass. Stay walking until the end of town, from there it's another 10 km towards the border checkpoint.  
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In the ''city center'', a place where you find several restaurants and the main mosque, walk along the mosque to the right, cross the place and go into the street in the upper left corner. Walk along this street for around 1 km and start hitchhiking if a car might pass. Stay walking until the end of town, from there it's another ~10 km towards the border checkpoint.  
  
 
==Experiences==
 
==Experiences==
[[User:Platschi|Platschi]] traveled through Azaz in August 2008, together with a Lebanese woman. Several drivers and people along the way before warned us to take the Kilis checkpoint and go through Azaz. People are extremely conservative here, and every Western looking foreigner might fast be considered as a spy, or in their eyes even worse, as an American, especially because of the near distance to the border. While in the city, the common Syrian hospitality we've been used to before was in fact not present, and many children started to scream Arabic swear words towards my female companion. In the end nothing happened, but a bad feeling followed us until we crossed the border. It's recommended for everyone just to take a lot of care here. [[User:platschi|platschi]]<small><sup>[http://blogs.hitchwiki.org/platschi site], [[user talk:platschi|wikitalk]]</sup></small> 19:11, 2 September 2008 (CEST)
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[[User:Platschi|Platschi]] traveled through A'zaz in August 2008, together with a Lebanese woman. Several drivers and people along the way before warned us to take the Kilis checkpoint and go through A'zaz. People are extremely conservative here, and every Western looking foreigner might fast be considered as a spy, or in their eyes even worse, as an American, especially because of the near distance to the border. While in the city, the common Syrian hospitality we've been used to before was in fact not present, and many children started to scream Arabic swear words towards my female companion. In the end nothing happened, but a bad feeling followed us until we crossed the border. It's recommended for everyone just to take a lot of care here. [[User:platschi|platschi]]<small><sup>[http://blogs.hitchwiki.org/platschi site], [[user talk:platschi|wikitalk]]</sup></small> 19:11, 2 September 2008 (CEST)
 
 
[[Category:Syria]]
 

Revision as of 20:52, 4 November 2008

Azaz
<map lat='36.377689782070966' lng='36.995859146118164' zoom='14' view='3'/>
Information
Country:
Flag of Syria
Syria
State: Aleppo Governorate
Population: 66,138
Licence plate: none
Major roads: -
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Azaz or A'zāz (Arabic: أعزاز) is a small town in Syria, around 50 km north-northwest of Aleppo.

You have to cross this town when hitchhiking towards Kilis, Turkey.

Read the experience below this article before traveling along this way, or stopping in Azaz. It's considered to be one of the few dangerous places in Syria for foreigners.

Hitching Out

North (Turkey)

In the city center, a place where you find several restaurants and the main mosque, walk along the mosque to the right, cross the place and go into the street in the upper left corner. Walk along this street for around 1 km and start hitchhiking if a car might pass. Stay walking until the end of town, from there it's another ~10 km towards the border checkpoint.

Experiences

Platschi traveled through A'zaz in August 2008, together with a Lebanese woman. Several drivers and people along the way before warned us to take the Kilis checkpoint and go through A'zaz. People are extremely conservative here, and every Western looking foreigner might fast be considered as a spy, or in their eyes even worse, as an American, especially because of the near distance to the border. While in the city, the common Syrian hospitality we've been used to before was in fact not present, and many children started to scream Arabic swear words towards my female companion. In the end nothing happened, but a bad feeling followed us until we crossed the border. It's recommended for everyone just to take a lot of care here. platschisite, wikitalk 19:11, 2 September 2008 (CEST)