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al-Rihaniyya الريحانية - א-ריחאניה -

District of Haifa
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for al-Rihaniyya Village - Palestine: : General view of were the village used to stand
Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date April 30, 1948
Distance from district center 25 (km) South East of Haifa
Elevation from the sea 225 (meters)
Map location See location number #25 on the map
Israeli military operation The battle for Mishmar ha-'Emeq
Village defenders Arab Liberation Army headed by Fawzi al-Qawuqji
Exodus Cause Expulsion by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction by Israelis The village has been completely destroyed, and only house rubble left behind.
Ethnically cleansed by Israelis al-Rihaniyya inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 1,885
Jewish 0
Public 45
Total 1,930
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 73
Planted W/ Cereal 1,761
Built up 46
Cultivable 1,834
Non-Cultivable 50
before occupation
Year Population
1922 266
1931 293
1945 240
1948 278
Est. Refugees 1998 1,710
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 55
1948 55
Schools al-Rihaniyya had an elementary school for boys founded in 1888, but it was later closed during the British Mandate period.
Religious institutions One mosque
Nearby wadies & rivers The village was situated 3 km northwest of Wadi al-Mileh
Archeological sites Khirbat Furayr lay about 1.5 km northwest of the village
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands Ramat ha-Shofet & 'En ha-'Emeq
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
"The rubble of the houses lies in piles that are covered with dirt, bushes, and thorns. The village cemetery (now covered with cactuses) and a well are visible at the bottom of a hill north of the site."


Display Name Clan/Hamolah Country of Residence
غزل صبح - -
ابو خضر عليان طولكرم, فلسطين
خالد صبح - -
Yousef Suboh Suboh -
ابو يزن صبح -
مأمون - أبو مراد صبح -
علاء عليان - -
يوسف صبح صبح فلسطين, فلسطين
القناص - -
هيثم صبح - -
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