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|Government||Local council (from 1960)|
|Also spelled|| Meshhed (officially)
|Area||7286 dunams (7.286 km2; 2.813 sq mi)|
Mashhad (Hebrew: מַשְׁהַד, Arabic: مشهد, Mash-hed transliteration, grave of a holy man) is an Arab town located 5 kilometers (3 mi) northeast of Nazareth in Israel's North District. According to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, the town had a population of 6,700 mostly Muslim inhabitants.
Mashhad became a local council in 1960. The town is said to be the site of Jonah's grave  and his birthplace (2 Kings 14:25), called Gath-Hefer in Biblical times, a village in the tribe of Zebulun (Joshua 19:13).
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