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Arab al-Samniyya
Arab al-Samniyya is located in Mandatory Palestine
Arab al-Samniyya
Arab al-Samniyya
Arabic عرب السمنية
Also spelled Arab al-Samniya
Subdistrict Acre
Coordinates 33°02′48″N 35°10′50″E / 33.04667°N 35.18056°E / 33.04667; 35.18056Coordinates: 33°02′48″N 35°10′50″E / 33.04667°N 35.18056°E / 33.04667; 35.18056
Palestine grid 165/272
Population 200[1][2] (1945)
Area 1,872 dunams
1.872 km²
Date of depopulation 31 October 1948
Cause(s) of depopulation Military assault by Yishuv forces
Current localities Ya'ara[3]

Arab al-Samniyya (Arabic: عرب السمنية‎), also known as Khirbat al-Suwwana, was a Palestinian village in the Western Galilee that was captured and depopulated by Israel during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. It was located in the Acre District of the British Mandate of Palestine, 19.5 km northeast of the city of Acre. In 1945 the, village had a population of 200 Arab and a total land area of 1,872 dunums.


The village was situated on a rocky hill near the road linking Ra's al-Naqura with Safad. Its houses were made of stone. A dirt path linked it to the coastal highway and thence to Acre. The villagers cultivated grain, figs, and olives. In 1944/45 a total of 174 dunams were allocated to grain crops; 22 dunums were irrigated and planted with orchards.[4][5]

1948 and aftermath

IDF soldiers during Operation Hiram, photographed at Sa'sa', 30 October 1948.

The village was captured by Israel's 7th and Carmeli Brigades on 31 October 1948 during the Israeli Defense Force offensive Operation Hiram. The village was completely destroyed and only building rubble left behind. Following the war the area was incorporated into the State of Israel and the village remained depopulated of its inhabitants. In 1950, the moshav of Ya'ara was established on its land.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 5
  2. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 41
  3. ^ a b Khalidi, 1992, p. 6
  4. ^ Khalidi, 1992, p. 5
  5. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 82


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