Khirbat al-Duhayriyya

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Khirbat al-Duhayriyya
Khirbat al-Duhayriyya is located in Mandatory Palestine
Khirbat al-Duhayriyya
Khirbat al-Duhayriyya
Arabic خربة الضهيرية
Name meaning The ruin of the ridge[1]
Subdistrict Ramle
Coordinates 31°56′46″N 34°56′03″E / 31.94611°N 34.93417°E / 31.94611; 34.93417Coordinates: 31°56′46″N 34°56′03″E / 31.94611°N 34.93417°E / 31.94611; 34.93417
Palestine grid 144/150
Population 100[2][3] (1945)
Area 1,341[3] dunams
Date of depopulation July 10, 1948[4]
Cause(s) of depopulation Military assault by Yishuv forces

Khirbat al-Duhayriyya was a Palestinian Arab village in the Ramle Subdistrict. It was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War on July 10, 1948 by the Givati Brigade under the first phase of Operation Dani. It was located 6 km northeast of Ramla.

History[edit]

In 1874 Clermont-Ganneau noted the site, called Kh. edh Dh'heiriyeh, located about half an hour east of Lydda.[5]

In 1882, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine found at Khurbet edh Dhaheriyeh: "Foundations of buildings, apparently modern. Ruined kubbeh."[6]

British Mandate era[edit]

At the time of the 1931 census, the village, called Ez Zuheiriya, had 10 occupied houses and a population of 69 inhabitants, all Muslims.[7]

In 1945 the village had a population of 100 Muslims,[2] The total land area was 1,341 dunams,[3] of this, a total of 1,224 dunums were used for cereals, 66 dunums were irrigated or used for plantations,[8] while 351 dunams were classified as non-cultivable areas.[9]

1948, aftermath[edit]

Khirbat al-Duhayriyya was depopulated on July 10, 1948.[4]

In 1992 the village site was described: "The walls of some ten houses still stand. Otherwise, the village has been reduces to piles of stone rubble interspersed with fig, doum palm, and almond trees, along with thickets of thorn and wild vegetation. The site is fenced in and serves as pasture for animals. Cactuses grow along the northern and southern sides of the site."[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 215
  2. ^ a b Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 29
  3. ^ a b c Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 67
  4. ^ a b Morris, 2004, p. xix village #229. Also gives cause of depopulation.
  5. ^ Clermont-Ganneau, 1896, II, p. 99
  6. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 265
  7. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 24
  8. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 115
  9. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 165
  10. ^ Khalidi, 1992, p. 381

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