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al-Sawafir al-Sharqiyya السوافير الشرقية - א-סואפיר א-שרקיה -

District of Gaza
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for al-Sawafir al-Sharqiyya Village - Palestine: : صوره مختار قريه السوافير الشرقى بعد الهجره مباشره الشيخ زيدان البحيصى
Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date May 18, 1948
Distance from district center 32 (km) North East of Gaza
Elevation from the sea 50 (meters)
Map location See location number #12 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 completely defaced.
Ethnically cleansed by Israelis al-Sawafir al-Sharqiyya inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 13,200
Jewish 103
Public 528
Total 13,831
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum) Jewish (Dunum)
Area planted w/ citrus 930 0
Irrigated & Plantation 386 0
Planted W/ Cereal 11,821 103
Built up 40 0
Cultivable 13,137 103
Non-Cultivable 551 0
before occupation
Year Population
1922 588
1931 787
1945 970
1948 1,125
Est. Refugees 1998 6,910
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 148
1948 211
Schools The village shared a school with the other two Sawafir villages, and it had an enrollment of about 280 in 1945.
Religious institutions One mosque
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands 'En Tzurim, Deganim, Shafir, Zerachya, and Nir Banim.
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
""No village houses remain on the site. Some traces of the former village are still present on the surrounding lands, however. There is a building for a water-pump in Isma'il al-Sawafiri's orchard, an old sycamore tree in the al-Buhaysi family's orchard, and an old cypress tree in an otherwise vacant field."


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