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District of Haifa
السوامير
Ethnically cleansed days ago

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Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date May 22, 1948
Distance from district center 22 (km) South of Haifa
Elevation from the sea 50 (meters)
Map location See location number #21 on the map
Israeli military operation Operation Shoter (Police)
Israeli attacking brigade A special force drawn from the Golani, Carmeli, and Alexandroni brigades
Village defenders Local Palestinian militia, Arab Liberation Army volunteers, and some assistance from the Iraqi army in Tulkarm and Jinin.
Israeli acts of terror In September 1948, UN investigators stated that 130 villagers were unaccounted for (al-Tira, 'Ayn Houwd, & 'Ayn Ghazal for more detailes)
Refugees' migration route Villagers were expelled eastward to Jinin
Village remains
after destruction by Israelis
The village has been completely destroyed, and only house rubble left behind.
Ethnically cleansing
by Israelis
al-Sawamir inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Population
before occupation
Year Population
1596 17
1931 1,439
Number of houses In (1931): 247 (included under 'Ayn Ghazal)
Archeological sites al-Sawamir contained foundations of buildings, cut building stones, caves, tombs, and a well.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands En Ayyala & 'Ofer
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
"The ruins of two walls (formerly parts of a building) are visible at the site, which has been fenced in with barbed wire. "

 

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