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Welcome To 'Iraq Suwaydan - عراق سويدان (עיראק סוידאן)

District of Gaza
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for 'Iraq Suwaydan Village - Palestine: : The tower of the old police fort, 28/09/08
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Statistic & Fact Value
Israeli occupation date November 9, 1948
Distance from district 27 (km) North East of Gaza
Elevation from the sea 100 (meters)
Map location See location #25 on the map

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Military Operation against town Operation Yo'av
Attacking Units Ninth Battalion of the Armored Brigade
Defenders Egyptian Army
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction The village was mostly destroyed with the exception of the British Police Station.
Ethnically cleansing
by Israelis
'Iraq Suwaydan inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Pre-Nakba land ownership
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 7,380
Jewish 0
Public 149
Total 7,529
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 9
Planted W/ Cereal 7,329
Built up 35
Cultivable 7,338
Non-Cultivable 156
Year Population
1922 349
1931 460
1945 660
1948 766
Est. Refugees 1998 4,702
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 81
1948 134
Schools In 1947, 'Iraq Suwaydan shared an elementary school for boys with the nearby villages of 'lbdis and Bayt 'Affa, and when it opened its doors it had an an initial enrollment of 104 students.
Archeological sites The village contained Khirbat al-Shaykh Muhammad and Khirbat al-Shaykh 'Abdallah, which both had artifacts from the Byzantine period.
Exculsive Jewish colonies
that usurped village lands
Yad Natan, 'Otzem, Sde Yo'av, and Beyt Yo'av.
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Status of The Village Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
"Cactuses and the remnants of a pool are visible. Two old village streets, one passing through the site and the other through the land, are clearly recognizable. The British police station is still in use and is now called Metzodat Yo'av."

Bibliography and References

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Bahaa khlil Qasmeiah - -
mohammed Rabi ربيع jordan, jordan
Rana Fouad Abu Samra Norway
Khalid Aliyan عليان حماد Riyadh, KSA
محمدادم فريدابومرعي ابومرعي Berlin, Germany
haitham Abou Marie - berlin, germany
خليل ابراهيم مطر أبو قاسميه غزة, غزة
عائلة ابو زعيتر وابو سمرة وربيع ابو زعيتر وابو سمرة وربيع gaza, مخيم جباليا
diana - -
ياسمين عليان عليان عراق سويدان
Mohammed Zuaiter Zuaiter Abu-Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
mohammad ahmmad fathi hammad حماد عمان, عمان
محمد أحمد فتحي سالم حماد حماد عمان, عراق سويدان
ahmad - najd, saudi arabia
Wala'a Abu Marie Abu Marie ,Riyadh, KSA
Ala'a Abu Marie Abu Marie Riyadh, KSA
Mohammed Zuaiter Zuaiter United Arab Emirates
Ruba Abu Marie - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
احمد فتحي سالم حماد - الاردن, الاردن
وجيه فتحي سالم محمود حماد - الاردن, الاردن
وجيه فتحي سالم محمود حماد حماد الاردن, الاردن
جهاد الجعيدي الجعيدي رفح, فلسطين
د. محمود عليان Elian عمان, الاردن
Ahmad Abdel-Qader Hammad Hammad Leicester, UK
Wael Abu Mari - Germany
Rana Abu Samra Abu Samra United Arab Emirates
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هشام أحمد أبومرعي أبومرعي السالمية, الكويت
altima hammad dammam, saudia
خالد محمد أبومرعي - -
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Waseem Abou-Marie Abou-Marie Il, United States
محمد عليان - -
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Mohammad Abu Marie أبو مرعي Michigan, United States
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Hesham SobhSalem ALQIQ Gaza, Palestine
Abdulrahman Abou-Marie Abou-Marie Ontario, Canada
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