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al-Butayha البطيحه - אל-בוטיחה -

District of Safad
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date May 4, 1948
Distance from district center 13 (km) South East of Safad
Elevation from the sea -200 (meters)
Map location See location number #76 on the map
Israeli military operation Operation Matate (Broom) (a sub-operation of Operation Yiftach)
Israeli attacking brigade The Palmach's First Battalion
Defenders Local militia & Arab Liberation Army
Refugees' migration route Refugees were mostly forced into Syria.
Exodus Cause Expulsion by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction by Israelis The village has been completely destroyed, and only house walls and rubble left behind.
Ethnically cleansed by Israelis al-Butayha inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 16,690
Jewish 0
Public 0
Total 16,690
before occupation
Year Population
1945 650
1948 754
Est. Refugees 1998 4,630
Nearby wadies & rivers The village was situated 1/4 km east of the Jordan river and 2 km north of Lake Tiberias.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands Almagor settlement and a picnic area known by Park ha-Yarden.
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
Only the black basalt walls of destroyed houses remain. Doum palms and olive trees grow among these ruins and further mark the site. A man-made canal runs in a north-south direction and turns eastward near the northern edge of the site