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District of al-Ramla
صرفند الخراب - צרפנד אל-ח'ראב
Ethnically cleansed days ago

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Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date April 20, 1948
Distance from district center 7 (km) West of al-Ramla
Elevation from the sea 50 (meters)
Map location See location number #12 on the map
Israeli military operation Operation Nachshon
Israeli attacking brigade Giv'ati Brigade
Exodus Cause Feer of Jewish attack, or of being caught in the fighting
Village remains
after destruction by Israelis
Sarafand al-Kharab was mostly destroyed with the exception of few houses remain standing and one of its schools.
Ethnically cleansing
by Israelis
Sarafand al-Kharab inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership
before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 3,545
Jewish 1,611
Public 347
Total 5,503
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum) Jewish (Dunum)
Area planted w/ citrus 3,148 1,087
Irrigated & Plantation 49 15
Planted W/ Cereal 310 189
Built up 33 0
Cultivable 3,507 1,291
Non-Cultivable 352 320
Population
before occupation
Year Population
1922 862
1931 974
1945 1,040
1948 1,206
Est. Refugees 1998 7,409
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 206
1948 255
Schools An elementary school for boys which was founded in 1920, and in 1945 it had an enrollment of 258 boys. This school was also shared with Wadi Hunayn, Bir Sa1im, and al-Nabi Rubin villages. A girls' school was also established in 1945, and when it opened its doors it had an enrollment of 46 girls (one of the schools remains standing to this date).
Water supplies The villagers irrigated their crops from the many artesian wells they had drilled.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands Nes Tziyyona, Yad Eli'ezer, and Beyt Chanan.
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi the remaining structures on the village land are:
"A major part of the village has been destroyed. Many houses, however, remain; no more than six of them, including the house of Muhammad Darwish, are occupied by Israeli families. Most of them have gable roofs and rectangular doors and windows. One house is comprised of two stories and has a slanted roof. The school is used by Israeli students. A pond and a pump house in the orchard of Mahmud Yusuf Darwish are still undamaged".

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