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Welcome To al-Sawafir al-Shamaliyya - السوافير الشمالية (א-סואפיר א-שמאליה)

District of Gaza
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Statistic & Fact Value
Israeli occupation date May 18, 1948
Distance from district 33(km) North East of Gaza
Elevation from the sea 50 (meters)
Map location See location #15 on the map

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Military Operation against town Second stage of Operation Barak
Attacking Units Possibly Giva'ti Brigade
Exodus Cause Feer of Jewish attack, or of being caught in the fighting
Village remains after destruction The village has been mostly destroyed with the exception of few deserted houses
Ethnically cleansing
by Israelis
al-Sawafir al-Shamaliyya inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Pre-Nakba land ownership
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 5,166
Jewish 450
Public 245
Total 5,861
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum) Jewish (Dunum)
Area planted w/ citrus 481 189
Irrigated & Plantation 10 0
Planted W/ Cereal 4,633 261
Built up 21 0
Cultivable 5,124 450
Non-Cultivable 266 0
Year Population
1596 616
1922 334
1931 454
1945 680
1948 789
Est. Refugees 1998 4,844
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 77
1948 133
Town's name through history The Crusades called the village Zeophir, and the Ottomans records referred to it by Sawafir al-Halil.
Schools The village shared a school with the other two Sawafir villages, and in 1945 it had an enrollment of about 280.
Religious institutions One mosque
Archeological sites The village contained pieces of marble and the shafts and capitals of ancient columns.
Exculsive Jewish colonies
that usurped village lands
No settlements on village lands.
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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:
"A few vacant houses and segments of houses, standing amidst wild vegetation, mark the site. One of them has a covered porch supported on two columns. An old village road is also identifiable"

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