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al-Wa'ra al-Sawda', Khirbat خربة الوعرة السوداء - ח ירבת אל-וערה א-סודא -

District of Tiberias
Ethnically cleansed days ago


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Picture for al-Wa'ra al-Sawda', Khirbat Village - Palestine: : Al-Wa'ra al-Sawda 11/2012 خربة الوعرة السودا - موقع القرية ومضارب المواسي بالقرب من وادي الحمام - تصوير رامز عيد
Statistic/Fact Value
Israeli occupation date April 18, 1948
Distance from district center 7.5 (km) Northeast of Tiberias
Elevation from the sea 25 (meters)
Map location See location number #6 on the map
Israeli military operation Possibly Operation Dekal
Israeli acts of terror Little unknown massacre committed while the village was being occupied. Fifteen plus villagers were rounded up and shot dead. Some villagers who survived the massacre, lived to talk about it in Syria. Further details about this little massacre are missing, so please be free to share any information you may know about it.
Refugees' migration route Some of 'Arab al-Mawasi escaped to Syria and some stayed behind in the inner Galilee.
Exodus Cause Expulsion by Jewish troops
Village remains after destruction by Israelis The village was completely obliterated
Ethnically cleansed by Israelis al-Wa'ra al-Sawda', Khirbat inhabitants were completely ethnically cleansed.
Village clans (hamolas) The villagers belonged mainly to the 'Arab al-Mawasi clan, but some families were of the 'Arab Wuhayb
Land ownership before occupation
Ethnic Group Land Ownership (Dunums)
Arab 7,036
Jewish 7
Public 0
Total 7,036
Land usage in 1945
Land Usage Type Arab (Dunum)
Planted W/ Cereal 2,027
Built up 10
Cultivable 2,027
Non-Cultivable 4,999
before occupation
Year Population
1931 1,060
1945 1,870
1948 2,169
Est. Refugees 1998 13,321
Number of houses In (1931): 190 (161 'Arab al-Mawasi, 29 Arab al-Wuhayb)
Shrines/maqams Two shrines: the 1st was for al-Shaykh 'Umar and 2nd was for al-Shaykh Musa al-Qadhim.
Exculsive jewish colonies on town's lands Ravid and Arbel
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Town Today

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the village remaining structures on the village land are:
No traces of the houses remain. Stone terraces provide the only indication of a former village on the site


Display Name Clan/Hamolah Country of Residence
قصي عوض عرب المواسى -
الامير ناجي العويمر المواسي -
قتيبة عوض عرب المواسى -
mohd kasem almesawe syria, syria
ابو محمد المواسي - -
أبو مرعي المواسى دمشق, سوريا
خليلية خليلية جبع
fadi abbas - -
Assad Elabbasa almawasi -
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