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Brital (بريتال) is a Lebanese local authority which is located in Baalbek District (Qada'a), an administrative division of Baalbek-Hermel Governorate (Mohafazah).


Distance from Beirut Altitude (meters) Surface (ha)
78 1 150 4 297

Municipality address

Sources : Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform (OMSAR)
Phone Number Fax Number E-Mail Web sites
08/ 340 107 - 8 08/ 340 107

Données électorales

Sources : Ministry of Interior and Municipalities (Republic of Lebanon)
Données électorales 2010
Registered voters Effectifs du conseil municipal Effectifs moukhtar
Données électorales 2016
Registered voters Effectifs du conseil municipal Effectifs moukhtar
9 207

Revenue of Independent Municipal Fund

Sources : Official Journal (Lebanese Republic)
Year Revenues (Thousands Lebanese Pound)
2014 1 078 382
2013 993 446
2012 989 579


Sources : Central Administration of Statistics (Lebanese Presidency of the Council of Ministers) - Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform (OMSAR)
Educational establishments (2006) Public Private Students schooled in the public schools Students schooled in the private schools
8 3 5 1 376 2 359

Higher Educational Institute Public Private
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Located in the Baalbek kaza of the mohafazah of Baalbek- Hermel, Brital lies 75 km east of Beyrouthat an altitude of 1150 meters and covers an area of 4297 hectares.


The registered population is estimated to number 12000, but there are no more than 7000 residents distributed across 900 households. Most of them are Shiia.

Registered voters in the 2000 elections numbered 5,900, out of which 3,400 participated. The main families in terms of registered voters are:

• Mazloum (1,100)
• Ismail (980)
• Tlis (920)
• Younis (584)
• Saleh (520)
• Wehbe (150)
• Mrad (121)
• Tfeili (106)
• Chehade (106)
• Jaafer (92)
• Haidar (74)
• Salhab (68)
• Ahmar (65)
• Masri (64)
• Seifeddine (60)
• Chehab (54)

Local Authorities

The town has a municipal council with 15 members and is headed by Abbas Ismail. There are also nine mayors distributed across the following areas: Al Younisiah (1), Sharki (2), Gharbi (2), Al Shmais (1), Ain Al Bonia (1), Ain Al Ajouz (1), Shmais Gharby (1).

Educational sector

Two public and three private schools are based in Brital, with 700 students in the Brital Intermediate Public School, 215 in the Baalbeck Secondary Public School, 417 in Al Imam Hijja (subsidized private school), 847 in Al Iman and Al Nahda Scientific Secondary School (423)

Dar al Amal University Hospital
Address - Baalbek District
Phone Number    08/ 340620 1-2-3-4
Fax Number    08/ 340 627
P.O. Box Not available
E-Mail daramal@hotmail.com
Type Private
Capacity (Beds) Not available

Economic Activities

Agriculture is the main source of income for the town, consisting of produce such as grapes, apricots, cherries and vegetables. A small percentage of residents work in public or private administrations and the town is home to approximately 200 businesses or industrial establishments. However, the area suffers from a high unemployment rate, making it vulnerable to illegal trade and illicit crops.


Brital is known as the home of 40 nationals who participated and were killed in the resistance movement against Israel.

In addition, the authorities have tried approximately 200 people, believed to be residing in Brital, in absentia for crimes ranging from drug and arms trafficking to auto theft. The barren area around the town has long been a haven for outlaws-especially during the French and Ottoman periods-owing to the lack of roads. Brital is known for its active arms trade, drug smuggling and auto theft.

Brital was in the media spotlight in June of this year due to attacks and crackdowns by the Lebanese army and Internal Security Forces, which led to numerous arrests and one death.

Town problems

In addition to being home to many wanted criminals and suffering from poverty, the town is characterized by a lack of real estate development. Land ownership, which is mostly through inheritance, has hindered new construction and the development of agricultural projects.

Health services are non-existent; there is not a single clinic in the town and while there is a civil defense unit, it is ineffective because of severely limited equipment and resources.

Brital is a town with a reputation exacerbated by the media spotlight. Sheikh Sobhi Tufeili, the Shia’a cleric who was Hizbullah’s secretary-general in the 1980s, had long been challenging the government’s authority in the region, calling on his supporters to stop paying utility bills and forbidding ministers from setting foot in eastern Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley.

Map of road network

Map of desertification risk

Map of rivers and water springs