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Welcome To 'Akbara - عكبرة (עכברה)

District of Safad
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for 'Akbara Village - Palestine: : منظر عام لاثار بيوت القرية الباقية , 28/2/2005 - تصوير مقبولة نصار
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Statistic & Fact Value
Israeli occupation date May 9, 1948
Distance from district 2.5 (km) South of Safad
Elevation from the sea 300 (meters)
Map location See location #70 on the map

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Military Operation against town Operation Yiftach (commanded by the ethnic cleansing champion Yigal Allon)
Attacking Units The Palmach's First Battalion
Refugees' migration route Almost all the villagers stayed at al-Farradiyya and al-Sammu'i, until these village were ethnically cleansed later.
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction The village has not been completely destroyed. Some internal Palestinian refugees (from Qaddita and Dallata) are currently living in the village.
Ethnically cleansing by Israelis Many of 'Akbara's senior citizens, women and children fled to al-Fradaiyya and al-Sammui' when 'Ayn al-Zaytun was occupied on 1st-3rd om May 1948, on 9th-11th of May 1948 was completely ethnically cleansed.
Pre-Nakba land ownership
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 3,167
Jewish 0
Public 57
Total 3,224
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Irrigated & Plantation 199
Area planted w/ olives 200
Planted W/ Cereal 2,232
Built up 6
Cultivable 2,431
Non-Cultivable 787
Year Population
19th century 90
1922 147
1931 275
1945 390
1948 402
1961 360
Est. Refugees 1998 1,852
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 49
1948 53
Town's name through history The Romans referred to the village by Achabare
Schools One school (still standing)
Religious institutions One village mosque which was destroyed during the attack on the village.
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, all that remains of the village:
The original inhabitants of the village were replaced by "internal" refugees from Qaddita and Dallata, villages several kilometers north of Safad. Since 1980, however, these refugees have been gradually relocated to the nearby, planned village of'Akbara, 0.5 km west of the old village site. As a precondition of the relocation, each family was required to demolish its home in the former village. Today, fifteen of the old houses still stand on the site, in addition to the school. The new village of 'Akbara was placed under the administration of the city of Safad in 1977

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