Hulayqat

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Hulayqat
Israelis at Faluja.jpg
Israeli troops occupying abandoned Egyptian trenches at Hulayqat
Arabic حليقات
Subdistrict Gaza
Palestine grid 116/112
Population 420 (1945)
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.

History[edit]

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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References[edit]

  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