Hulayqat

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Hulayqat
Israelis at Faluja.jpg
Israeli troops occupying abandoned Egyptian trenches at Hulayqat
Arabic حليقات
Subdistrict Gaza
Population 420 (1945)
Area
Date of depopulation May 12, 1948[1]
Cause(s) of depopulation Influence of nearby town's fall

Hulayqat was a Palestinian Arab village in the Gaza Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1947–1948 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine. It was located 20.5 km northeast of Gaza.

The population in 1945 was 420. Hulayqat had numerous khirbas which contained cisterns, a pool, and fragments of marble and pottery.

In 1947, an oil drilling project commenced in Hulayqat employing 300 Arab workers.[2]

The village was first captured by the Israeli army on 13 May during Operation Barak and depopulated.[3] On 8 July, it was retaken by the Egyptian army. A well-fortified battalion of the 4th Brigade was stationed there later reinforced by more troops.[4] and some of the villagers returned to their homes. It was finally captured on 19 October by the Giv'ati Brigade during Operation Yoav.[5]

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, the ruin of the village in 1992 was partially forested with sycamore, Christ's-thorn trees and cactus. One of the old roads had been paved.

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  1. ^ Morris, 2004, p.xix, village #317. Also gives cause for depopulation
  2. ^ Drilling begins near Gaza
  3. ^ David Talk, War in Palestine, 1948. p. 174 [1].
  4. ^ War in Palestine, 1948: Israeli and Arab Strategy and Diplomacy, David Tal
  5. ^ Khalidi, Walid (Ed.) (1992) All That Remains. The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. IoPS, Washington. ISBN 0-88728-224-5. p.104.

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Coordinates: 31°35′53″N 34°38′59″E / 31.59806°N 34.64972°E / 31.59806; 34.64972