Ghabbatiyya

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Ghabbatiyya
Ghabbatiyya is located in Mandatory Palestine
Ghabbatiyya
Ghabbatiyya
Arabic غبّاطية
Also spelled Ghabbatiya[1]
Subdistrict Safad
Coordinates 33°00′53.13″N 35°22′33.46″E / 33.0147583°N 35.3759611°E / 33.0147583; 35.3759611Coordinates: 33°00′53.13″N 35°22′33.46″E / 33.0147583°N 35.3759611°E / 33.0147583; 35.3759611
Population 60 (1945)
Area
Date of depopulation October 30, 1948[1]
Cause(s) of depopulation

Ghabbatiyya (Arabic: غبّاطية‎) was a Palestinian Arab hamlet in the Safad Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War on October 30, 1948 under Operation Hiram. It was located 12 km northwest of Safad.

In 1945 it had a population of 60 people.

History[edit]

The village was located on a rugged hill between Mount al-Jarmaq (1208 m) and Mount ‘Adathir (1009m).[2] Three wadis in the vicinity supplied Ghabbatiyya with water. The Palestine Gazetteer revealed that it was classified as a hamlet with only 60 people in 1945. The entire village population was Muslim, primarily involved in agriculture and animal husbandry. In 1944/45 a total area of 412 dunums was allocated to cereal farming.[2] A road connected to highways that led to Safad and Nahariyya, a Jewish settlement on the Mediterranean.[2]

Israeli forces occupied Ghabbatiyya on 30 October 1948, during the second phase of Operation Hiram and according to an Israeli army spokesman, several hundred of the area’s Arab Liberation Army garrison were killed, and several hundred taken prisoner.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Morris, 2004, p. xvi, village #61. Also gives cause of depopulation as "?"
  2. ^ a b c d Khalidi, 1992, p.451

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