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Welcome To Bayt 'Affa
District of Gaza
بيت عفا - בית עפא
Ethnically cleansed days ago

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Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date January 10, 1948
Distance from district center 29 (km) North East of Gaza
Elevation from the sea 100 (meters)
Map location See location number #22 on the map
Israeli military operation Operation Barak (lightening)
Israeli attacking brigade Giv'ati Brigade's Second Battalion
Village defenders Egyptian and Sudanese soldiers
Village remains after destruction by Israelis The village was completely obliterated
Ethnically cleansed by Israelis Bayt 'Affa inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 5,707
Jewish 0
Public 101
Total 5,808
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 14
Planted W/ Cereal 5,657
Built up 26
Cultivable 5,671
Non-Cultivable 111
Population
before occupation
Year Population
1596 143
1922 422
1931 462
1945 700
1948 812
Est. Refugees 1998 4,987
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 105
1948 184
Shrines/maqams Bayt 'Affa had a shrine for the Arab prophet (al-Nabi) Salih.
Nearby wadies & rivers Wadi al-Rana ran just East of the village.
Archeological sites The village had a khirba which contained the remains of walls made of uncut stones, a well, and ancient columns.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands Yad Natan
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
"There are no traces of village houses; only sycamore and carob trees and cactuses mark the site. "

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صلاح عبدالله ابوكف ابوكف مادبا
عبدالله صالح ابوكف ابوكف مادبا
عائدون النجار عمان, عمان
احمد النجار النجار عمان, الاردن
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