This name "Qashla" is still used by some inhabitants of the area, especially by elderly villagers. It was a kaza subdistrict center within Zor Sanjak until the end of Ottoman rule in The new village was built from stone and had wide streets. The kaza of Abu Kamal in had a population of 15, Abu Kamal became part of the French Mandate for Syria and the Lebanon in , and the French made it the seat of a large garrison. In it became part of independent Syria.
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With a population of , residents in , Al-Hasakah is among the ten largest cities in Syria and the largest in the governorate. It is the administrative center of a nahiyah "subdistrict" consisting of localities with a combined population of , in In , Al-Hasakah was described as "an Arab city with a growing Kurdish population". Al-Hasakah is 80 kilometres 50 miles south of the city of Qamishli. The Khabur River , a tributary of the Euphrates River , flows west-east through the city.