Hula, Lebanon

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A view of the village of Hula, situated in Southern Lebanon
Map showing the location of Hula within Lebanon
Map showing the location of Hula within Lebanon
Location within Lebanon
Coordinates: 33°13′N 35°31′E / 33.217°N 35.517°E / 33.217; 35.517Coordinates: 33°13′N 35°31′E / 33.217°N 35.517°E / 33.217; 35.517
Grid position 198/290 PAL
Country  Lebanon
Governorate Nabatieh Governorate
District Marjeyoun District
Elevation 750 m (2,460 ft)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Dialing code +961

Hula (Hule, Houla, Arabic: حولا‎)[1] is a small Shia Muslim village in southern Lebanon on the southern side of the Litani river near the Lebanese-Palestinian borders. It is located 750 meters above the sea-level. The largest family known there is from the family name of Yassine (Arabic: ياسين).

During the 1948 Arab-Israeli war two officers from the IDF carried out the Hula massacre in the village, killing over 80 civilians of ages 15-60.[2]


Several lintels, two wine-presses and one olive-press have been found here.[3]

In 1875 Victor Guérin found 300 Shia here.[4]

In 1881, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) described it as: A village, built of stone, containing about 500 Shia, one of the most prominent objects in which is a Sheikh's tomb. It is situated on the hill-top, and is surrounded by olives, vines, and arable land. There are several cisterns, two birkets (one rock-cut), and a spring.[5]

Modern era[edit]

During the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict, on July 15, Israel killed 2 young women in an air-strike against a home in Hula.[6]

On August 7, 2006, an Israeli airstrike on Houla killed another civilian.[7][8]

The first Lebanese businessman (Abdel-Karim Yassine عبد الكريم ياسين) to establish a clothing business in Kuwait was from Hula, Lebanon.[9]


  1. ^ Meaning: "properly dark green herbage", according to Palmer, 1881, p. 21
  2. ^ Journal of Palestine Studies, vol. VII, no. 4 (summer 1978), no. 28, pp. 143-145
  3. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 116
  4. ^ Guerin, 1880, pp. 382-383
  5. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 87
  6. ^ HRW, 2007, p. 91
  7. ^ HRW, 2007, p. 136
  8. ^ Booth, Jenny; agencies (August 7, 2006). "Israel threatens to widen offensive in Lebanon". The Times. 
  9. ^ "اول تاجر يبيع اللؤلؤ في دول اوربا - تاريخ الكويت". (in Arabic). Retrieved 2017-12-28. 


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