Lined with stucco buildings and greenhouses, it sat next to the Palestinian city of Khan Yunis. Many rocket attacks against the settlement were launched from Khan Yunis.
The residents of Ganei Tal were forcibly evicted from their homes on 17 August 2005 as part of the unilateral disengagement plan, decided on by the Israeli government in 2004. Their houses were destroyed and the area was later surrendered to the Palestinians.
In 2007, Hamas announced plans to build a "media city" on the site.