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Welcome To al-Sawafir al-Gharbiyya
District of Gaza
السوافير الغربية - א-סואפיר אל-ע'רביה
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date May 18, 1948
Distance from district center 30 (km) North East of Gaza
Elevation from the sea 50 (meters)
Map location See location number #14 on the map
Israeli military operation Second stage of Operation Barak
Israeli attacking brigade Possibly Giva'ti Brigade
Exodus Cause Feer of Jewish attack, or of being caught in the fighting
Village remains after destruction by Israelis The village has been mostly destroyed with the exception of its cemetery.
Ethnically cleansed by Israelis al-Sawafir al-Gharbiyya inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 7,307
Jewish 0
Public 216
Total 7,523
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 585
Planted W/ Cereal 6,663
Built up 25
Cultivable 7,248
Non-Cultivable 250
before occupation
Year Population
1596 237
1922 572
1931 723
1945 1,030
1948 1,195
Est. Refugees 1998 7,337
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 134
1948 221
Schools al-Sawafir al-Gharbiyya shared a school with the other two Sawafir villages, and in 1945 it had an enrollment of about 280.
Shrines/maqams A shrine for local sage al-Shaykh al-Baz
Archeological sites The village contained the fragmentary remains of earlier occupation.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands Merkaz Shappira, Massu'ot Yitzchaq, and 'En Tzurim
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
"All of the houses are gone. An old village road is clearly visible. The cemetery is overgrown with wild vegetation. One can see the debris of (what appears to be) a water-pump building in the al-Baz orchard"


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أبو خليل - الرياض, السعودية
ابو محمد الحبيبي الاردن -عمان, وادي السير
أبوقيس الحبيبي رفح, السوافير الغربية
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