Unknown Soldier's Square

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Soldier's Square or Square of the Unknown Soldier (Arabic: ميدان الجندي المجهول‎‎ Midan al-Jundi al-Majhool) is a city square in Gaza City, situated along Omar Mukhtar Street in the Rimal district. It is currently a large public garden popular with unemployed Gazans during the day and promenading families in the evenings.[1]

History[edit]

Soldier's Square receives its name from an unknown native Palestinian Arab soldier (feda'i) who died during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and was buried at the site. Prior to Israel's occupation of Gaza in 1967, the center of the site bore a statue pointing north to the rest of Palestine commemorating the soldier. It was pulled down by Israeli authorities and until the 1990s, Soldier's Square was a patch of sand with a white plinth (remnant of the statue) in the center.[2] A public garden was later developed at the site with financial help from Norway,[1] along with a coffeehouse serving visitors to the square.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Winter, 2000, p.429.
  2. ^ a b Jacobs, 1998, p.455."

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Coordinates: 31°31′09.75″N 34°26′40.72″E / 31.5193750°N 34.4446444°E / 31.5193750; 34.4446444