Nabi Ilyas

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an Nabi Elyas
Other transcription(s)
 • Arabic خربة النبي الياس
 • Also spelled Nabi Ilyas (official)
Kherbit an-Nabi al-Yas (unofficial)
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an Nabi Elyas is located in the Palestinian territories
an Nabi Elyas
an Nabi Elyas
Location of an Nabi Elyas within the Palestinian territories
Coordinates: 32°10′21.11″N 35°02′00.00″E / 32.1725306°N 35.0333333°E / 32.1725306; 35.0333333Coordinates: 32°10′21.11″N 35°02′00.00″E / 32.1725306°N 35.0333333°E / 32.1725306; 35.0333333
Governorate Qalqilya
Government
 • Type Village Council
Population (2006)
 • Jurisdiction 1,214
Name meaning The prophet Elias[1]

Nabi Ilyas (Arabic: خربة النبي الياس‎; Hebrew: נבי אליאס) is a Palestinian village in the Qalqilya Governorate in the western West Bank, located two kilometers east of Qalqilya. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, an Nabi Ilyas had a population of approximately 1,214 inhabitants in mid-year 2006.[2] 25.6% of the population of an Nabi Ilyas were refugees in 1997.[3]

The health care facilities for an Nabi Ilyas are in Qalqilya designated as MoH level 4 there are also two clinics one run by the UNRWA and one run by the Palestinian Ministry of Health.[4]

Although security concerns during a Palestinian uprising that began in 2000 kept Israeli shoppers away for years, with attacks by militants on Israelis now rare in the West Bank, Israeli consumers are venturing back to an area once known as a bargain-hunter's paradise. Nabi Elyas is profiting from an influx of Jewish shoppers drawn by cheap prices and still kept out of the main Palestinian cities by Israeli security regulations. Groceries, furniture and even dental treatment are on offer in Nabi Elyas, which is packed with cars from Israel, especially during weekends.[5][6]

History[edit]

In 1882 the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine described Neby Elyas (under "Archæology") as: "Walls and wells, with a ruined kubbeh."[7]

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