Israeli troops occupying abandoned Egyptian trenches at Hulayqat
|Date of depopulation||May 12, 1948|
|Cause(s) of depopulation||Influence of nearby town's fall|
In 1947, an oil drilling project commenced in Hulayqat employing 300 Arab workers.
The village was first captured by the Israeli army on 13 May during Operation Barak and depopulated. 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. and some of the villagers returned to their homes. It was finally captured on 19 October by the Giv'ati Brigade during Operation Yoav.
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.
- Morris, 2004, p.xix, village #317. Also gives cause for depopulation
- Drilling begins near Gaza
- David Talk, War in Palestine, 1948. p. 174 .
- War in Palestine, 1948: Israeli and Arab Strategy and Diplomacy, David Tal
- 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.
- Hadawi, Sami (1970), Village Statistics of 1945: A Classification of Land and Area ownership in Palestine, Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center
- Khalidi, Walid (1992), All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948, Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies, ISBN 0-88728-224-5 (SWP, 1881, Vol. 3, p.260, Also cited in Khalidi, 1992, p. 104)
- Morris, Benny (2004), The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-00967-6