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Al-Khisas, Gaza

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Al-Khisas (خربة الخِصاص, Khirbat Khisâs) was a Palestinian Arab village located northeast of Gaza near the modern city of Ashkelon. Location Al-Khisas was located just west of Ni'ilya, south of Al-Jura. History In 1838, in the late Ottoman era, el Khusas was noted as a place "in ruins or deserted", located in the Gaza district. An official Ottoman village list from about 1870 showed that Chasas had 6 houses and a population of 35, though the population count included men, only. In 1883, the PEF's Survey of Western Palestine found at Khurbet el Khesas "a few heaps of stones with a well near". British Mandate era The modern village was classified as a hamlet in the Palestine Index Gazetter, and was built after World War I. Farmers from neighboring areas first built temporary huts at the site to shelter themselves during the harvest, gradually they settled and built adobe houses. The population relied on neighboring villages Al-Jura a
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