Shayta

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Shayta
Shayta is located in Syria
Shayta
Shayta
Shayta in Syria
Coordinates: 33°15′N 35°46′E / 33.250°N 35.767°E / 33.250; 35.767Coordinates: 33°15′N 35°46′E / 33.250°N 35.767°E / 33.250; 35.767
Country  Syria
Governorate Quneitra
District Quneitra District
Region Golan Heights
Destroyed 1971-72
Elevation 1,189 m (3,904 ft)

Shayta, S'heita or Su’heita, was a Syrian village located in the Golan Heights.[1][2] It was one of only six Syrian villages in the Golan Heights still populated following the Six-Day War.[3] After Israel occupied the area in 1967, Shaytas population census was 176 people, down from 200 in 1960.[4] In 1967, Shayta was partially destroyed and a military post built in its place.[3] Israel completely destroyed the village in 1971-72 and its population was forcibly transferred to the neighboring town of Mas'ade.[2][3][5] Today, its former inhabitants are still campaigning for the return to their village.[3] Shayta was located near the ceasefire line between Syrian and Israeli forces.[1][5]

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  1. ^ a b South Lebanon and Vicinity 1976
  2. ^ a b The Occupied Golan Heights
  3. ^ a b c d Murphy, Ray; Gannon, Declan (2008). "Changing the Landscape: Israel’s Gross Violations of International Law in the Occupied Syrian Golan". Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law (Cambridge University Press) 11: p. 147. 
  4. ^ Davis, Uri (1983). "The Golan Heights under Israeli Occupation 1967 - 1981". p. 5. 
  5. ^ a b Sakr Abu Fakhr, "Voices from the Golan", Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 29, No. 4 (Autumn, 2000), University of California Press, p. 7.