Al-Dirdara

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Al-Dirdara
Al-Dirdara is located in Mandatory Palestine
Al-Dirdara
Al-Dirdara
Arabic الدردارة
Subdistrict Safad
Coordinates 33°03′05″N 35°38′24″E / 33.05139°N 35.64000°E / 33.05139; 35.64000Coordinates: 33°03′05″N 35°38′24″E / 33.05139°N 35.64000°E / 33.05139; 35.64000
Palestine grid 209/272
Population 100[1][2] (1945)
Area 6,361 dunams
Date of depopulation May 1, 1948

Al-Dirdara (Arabic: الدردارة‎) was a Palestinian Arab village in the Safad Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1947–1948 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine on May 1, 1948, under Operation Yiftach. It was located 13 km east of Safad.

In 1945 it had a population of 100.

History[edit]

The village was located in the middle of a flat plain overlooking the Hula Valley Plain to the north and south. The villagers cultivated grain, vegetables, citrus, almonds, and figs.[3]

In 1944/5 it had a population of 100 Muslims,[1] with a total of 6,361 dunums of land.[2] Of this, 1,623 were used for cereal, 795 were irrigated or used for orchards,[4] while 2,025 dunams were classified as non-cultivable land.[5]

1948, aftermath[edit]

The precise date is not clear when al-Dirdara was occupied by Israeli forces but is believed to have been late April or early May. By July 1948 Israeli forces controlled the villages, although Syrian forces had tried to recapture the village but were forced to withdraw, losing over fifty men.[3] They signed an armistice agreement in July 1949, creating a demilitarized zone.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 10
  2. ^ a b Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 70
  3. ^ a b c Khalidi, 1992, pp. 447-448
  4. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 120
  5. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 170

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