|Date of depopulation||November 4-5, 1948|
|Cause(s) of depopulation||Military assault by Yishuv forces|
Ni'ilya was a Palestinian Arab village in the Gaza Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War on November 4, 1948 under Operation Yo'av. It was located 19 km northeast of Gaza in the city territory of modern Ashkelon. The village was defended by the Egyptian Army.
A 1596 census revealed a population of 440; by 1945 this had increased to 1310.
Ni'ilya students attended school in al-Majdal. A school was built in the village in 1948 shortly before the war but never opened. The village had a mosque and tombs of people who were killed while battling the Crusades.
- Morris, 2004, village p. xix, #309, Also gives the cause for depopulation
- Khalidi, 1992, p. 129
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- Hadawi, Sami (1970). Village Statistics of 1945: A Classification of Land and Area ownership in Palestine. Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center.
- Hütteroth, Wolf-Dieter and Kamal Abdulfattah (1977). Historical Geography of Palestine, Transjordan and Southern Syria in the Late 16th Century. Erlanger Geographische Arbeiten, Sonderband 5. Erlangen, Germany: Vorstand der Fränkischen Geographischen Gesellschaft. ISBN 3-920405-41-2. (p. 144 )
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- 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.
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- Morris, Benny (2004). The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-00967-6.
- Palmer, E. H. (1881). The Survey of Western Palestine: Arabic and English Name Lists Collected During the Survey by Lieutenants Conder and Kitchener, R. E. Transliterated and Explained by E.H. Palmer. Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund. (p. 376 )
- Welcome To Ni'ilya
- Survey of Western Palestine, Map 20: IAA, Wikimedia commons
- Ni'ilya from the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center
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