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Welcome To Barqa - برقة (ברקה)

District of Gaza
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for Barqa Village - Palestine: : Home near kibbutz. Fall 2006. Photo: Annemarie Jacir
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Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date May 13, 1948
Distance from district center 37 (km) North East of Gaza
Elevation from the sea 25 (meters)
Map location See location number #2 on the map
Israeli military operation Operation Barak (lightening)
Israeli attacking brigade Giv'ati Brigade
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction by Israelis The village was completely destroyed with the exception of two houses remain standing.
Ethnically cleansed by Israelis Barqa inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 4,841
Jewish 226
Public 139
Total 5,206
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum) Jewish (Dunum)
Area planted w/ citrus 667 0
Irrigated & Plantation 47 0
Planted W/ Cereal 3,898 133
Built up 26 8
Cultivable 4,612 133
Non-Cultivable 342 85
before occupation
Year Population
1922 448
1931 600
1945 890
1948 1,032
Est. Refugees 1998 6,340
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 123
1948 211
Town's name through history The Greeks referred to Barqa by Barka, and the Romans called it Bareca.
Schools Baraqa had no schools, however, its students attended school in the nearby village of the al-Batani al-Gharbi.
Shrines/maqams Barqa had three shrines: the 1st for al-Shaykh Muhammad, the 2nd for al-Shaykh Zarruq, and the 3rd for al-Nabi Barq.
Archeological sites Barqa contained Greek relics, an old well, stone carvings, and fragments of pottery.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands No settlements on village lands.
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
"Two houses remain standing on the site. One serves as a warehouse; it is made of concrete and has a covered portico on two sides. The other, a stone house with rectangular doors and windows and a flat roof, stands deserted in the midst of wild vegetation."