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Umm Burj, Khirbat خربة أم برج - ח'ירבת אום בורג' -

District of Hebron
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for Umm Burj, Khirbat Village - Palestine: : Remains of house ruins all over the place
Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date October 28, 1948
Distance from district center 31 (km) Northwest of Hebron
Elevation from the sea 425 (meters)
Map location See location number #12 on the map
Israeli military operation Third stage of Operation Yo'av (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
Israeli attacking brigade Har'el Brigade
Defenders Egyptian Army
Exodus Cause Expulsion by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction by Israelis Umm al-Burg was completely destroyed, and only house walls and rubble left behind.
Ethnically cleansing by Israelis Umm al-Burg was completely ethnically cleansed between November and April, 1949 (see Zakariyya for more details).
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 13,079
Jewish 0
Public 4
Total 13,083
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 28
Area planted w/ olives 33
Planted W/ Cereal 3,546
Built up 15
Cultivable 3,574
Non-Cultivable 9,494
before occupation
Year Population
1945 140
1948 162
Est. Refugees 1998 997
Number of houses In (1931): 26
Town's name through history Umm al-Burg may have been named after the tower which was built in its center during the Roman period.
Water supplies The villagers used to obtain drinking water from three wells on the northern parts of the village.
Archeological sites Umm al-Burg contains at least twenty khirbas in its lands, many of which dates to the Romans period.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands Nechusha
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
"The crumbled houses that remain are attached to each other. Their windows and Goors are clearly visible, although the roofs and sections of the walls are gone. A large arch stands amidst these remnants of houses. A large deserted structure (which formerly housed an irrigation pump) stands at the foot of the hill, on the western side of the village. It has an entrance on its eastern side."


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