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Welcome To al-Shuna - الشونة (א-שונה)

District of Safad
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Statistic & Fact Value
Israeli occupation date April 30, 1948
Distance from district 6 (km) South of Safad
Elevation from the sea 50 (meters)
Map location See location #74 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
Exodus Cause Military assault by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction The village has been completely destroyed with the exception of two houses
Ethnically cleansing
by Israelis
al-Shuna inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Pre-Nakba land ownership
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 3,476
Jewish 0
Public 184
Total 3,660
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Planted W/ Cereal 1,049
Cultivable 1,049
Non-Cultivable 2,611
Year Population
1922 83
1931 337
1945 170
1948 197
Est. Refugees 1998 1,211
Number of houses
Year Number of houses
1931 65
1948 65
Schools The village had one school
Religious institutions One mosque
Nearby wadies & rivers The village overlooked the deep gorge of Wadi al-'Amud.
Water supply The villagers dug wells at the foot of the hills on the west side to collect rain water for drinking
Exculsive Jewish colonies
that usurped village lands
A wildlife sanctuary known by the Nachal 'Amud Reserve
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Status of The Village Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
The hill on which the village was built is now fenced in and contains crumbled stone walls from the destroyed houses. In addition, there are two deserted, almost-intact stone houses with arched .doors and windows in Wadi al-'Amud. The surrounding lands have been converted into a wildlife sanctuary, the Nachal 'Amud Reserve, which is also used by Israelis for animal grazing and as a recreational area

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