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Welcome To Karatiyya - كرتيا (כרתיא)

District of Gaza
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for Karatiyya Village - Palestine: : قريه كرتيا بعد احتلالها
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Statistic & Fact Value
Israeli occupation date July 17, 1948
Distance from district 29 (km) North East of Gaza
Elevation from the sea 100 (meters)
Map location See location #26 on the map

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Military Operation against town Either Operation Barak or Operation Ya'ov
Attacking Units Third Battalion of the Giv'ati Brigade and the Ninth Commando Battalion of the Armored Brigade.
Defenders Egyptian Army
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction The village was completely destroyed and only house rubble left behind.
Ethnically cleansing
by Israelis
Karatiyya inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Pre-Nakba land ownership
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 13,346
Jewish 0
Public 363
Total 13,709
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 321
Planted W/ Cereal 12,928
Built up 48
Cultivable 13,249
Non-Cultivable 412
Year Population
1596 253
1922 736
1931 932
1945 1,370
1948 1,589
Est. Refugees 1998 9,759
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 229
1948 390
Town's name through history The Crusades built in Karatiyya a castle which was known by Galatie, from which it may have picked its name from.
Schools Karatiyya had an elementary school for boys which was founded in 1922, and in 1945 it had an enrollment of 128 students.
Religious institutions One mosque
Nearby wadies & rivers Wadi al-Mufrid bordered the village from the east.
Archeological sites Karatiyya contained number of khirbats dating from the days of the Mamluks and the Crusades periods.
Exculsive Jewish colonies
that usurped village lands
Qomemiyyut, Nehora, and Rewacha.
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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:
"Piles of debris are scattered on the site, and a destroyed cemetery (partially hidden among eucalyptus trees) can be seen. An agricultural road runs through it."

Bibliography and References


Display Name Clan/Hamolah Country of Residence
هيام جوده جوده الامارات, الامارات
مؤنس فروانه فروانه -
khaled isamil almghari المغاري dair elbalah
فارس فلسطين المغاري كرتيا
الحميدي الحميدي غزة, فلسطين
Ahmed Abu Saada أبو سعده MO, USA
Abu Tareq الخالدي -
طلال ارشيد -
ابو عبدالله ابو لمظي ابو لمظي غزة, فلسطين
akram abahre عباهره -
Hasan Fayyad Fayyad -
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