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This article is about depopulated Palestinian village. For other places with the same name, see Ashrafiya.
Al-Ashrafiyya is located in Mandatory Palestine
Arabic الأشرفية
Also spelled Ashrafiya[1]
Subdistrict Baysan
Coordinates 32°28′11.89″N 35°28′16.77″E / 32.4699694°N 35.4713250°E / 32.4699694; 35.4713250Coordinates: 32°28′11.89″N 35°28′16.77″E / 32.4699694°N 35.4713250°E / 32.4699694; 35.4713250
Palestine grid 194/208
Population 1922 (136)
Area 6711 dunams
Date of depopulation May 12, 1948[1]
Cause(s) of depopulation Influence of nearby town's fall
Current localities Sheluhot,[2][3] Reshafim[2][4]

Al-Ashrafiyya (Arabic: الأشرفية‎) was a Palestinian Arab village in the District of Baysan. It was depopulated during the 1947–1948 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine. It was located 4.5 km southwest of Baysan.

The village was depopulated on May 12, 1948 during Operation Gideon. The village was completely destroyed and the inhabitants fled to Jordan.

According to a 1945 land ownership census the Land Ownership (Dunums) was as follows:

  • Arab 4,608
  • Jewish 1,293
  • Public 810
  • Total 6,711

The Arab population of the village was mainly occupied in cereal farming. The population in 1922 was 136, rising to 267 in 1948 with 61 houses. The Wadi al-Maddu' runs near where the village was located.

According to the Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi, today, "The site and the area around it are cultivated by the residents of Reshafim. A fishery also has been built on the site."


  1. ^ a b Morris, 2004, p.xvii, village #127. Also gives cause of depopulation, with a "?"
  2. ^ a b Khalidi, 1992, p. 44
  3. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xx, settlement #2
  4. ^ Morris, 2004, p. xx, settlement #3


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