Dayr al-Hawa

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Dayr al-Hawa
Dayr al-Hawa is located in Mandatory Palestine
Dayr al-Hawa
Dayr al-Hawa
Name meaning The Monastery of the Wind[1]
Subdistrict Jerusalem
Coordinates 31°45′05″N 35°02′14″E / 31.75139°N 35.03722°E / 31.75139; 35.03722Coordinates: 31°45′05″N 35°02′14″E / 31.75139°N 35.03722°E / 31.75139; 35.03722
Population 60 (1945)
Area 5,907 dunams
Date of depopulation October 19–20, 1948[2]
Cause(s) of depopulation Military assault by Yishuv forces
Current localities Nes Harim

Dayr al-Hawa was a Palestinian Arab village in the Jerusalem Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War on October 19, 1948 by the Fourth Battalion of the Har'el Brigade of Operation ha-Har. It was located 18.5 km west of Jerusalem. During the 1948 it was defended by the local militia and the Egyptian Army/Muslim Brotherhood Battalion.

In 1945, the village had a population of 60. A mosque was located in the western part of the village and there was a shrine for a local sage known as al-Shaykh Sulayman.

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  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p.293
  2. ^ Morris, 2004, p.xx, village #339. Also gives cause of depopulation.


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