Al-Khisas, Gaza

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al-Khisas
Arabic خربة الخِصاص
Name meaning the ruin of reed huts[1]
Also spelled Khirbat Khisâs
Subdistrict Gaza
Palestine grid 108/117
Population 150[2] (1945)
Area 6,269[2] dunams
Date of depopulation November 4–5, 1948[3]
Cause(s) of depopulation Military assault by Yishuv forces
Current localities Ashkelon[4]

Al-Khisas (Arabic: خربة الخِصاص‎, Khirbat Khisâs) was a Palestinian Arab village located 18.5 kilometers (11.5 mi) northeast of Gaza near the modern city of Ashqelon.[5]

History[edit]

Al-Khisas contained remnants of wells and burial grounds, which indicated earlier inhabitation.[6] The modern village was classified as a hamlet in the Palestine Index Gazetter, and was built after World War I[4] Farmers from neighboring areas first built temporary huts at the site to shelter themselves during the harvest, gradually they settled and built adobe houses.[4]

The population, who were Muslim,[4] numbered 150 in 1945.[2] They relied on neighboring villages Al-Jura and Ni'ilya for medical, educational and administrative services.[4] In 1944/45 a total of 191 dunums of village land was allocated to citrus and bananas, while 419 dunums were used for cereal farming. 2,671 dunums were irrigated or used for orchards.[7]

The village was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War between November 4–5, 1948 at the end of Operation Yo'av.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 372
  2. ^ a b c Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 46
  3. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xix, village #308. Also gives the cause for depopulation].
  4. ^ a b c d e f Khalidi, 1992, p.123
  5. ^ al-Khisas, Palestine Remembered, retrieved 2009-10-22 
  6. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1883, SWP III, p. 283. Quoted in Khalidi, 1992, p. 123
  7. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 87

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