- Beit Lahia
Infobox Palestinian Authority muni
meaning="house of fatigue"
Beit Lahia ( _ar. بيت لاهيا) is a city located north of
Jabalia, near Beit Hanounand the 1949 Armistice Line with Israel. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the city had a population of 59,540 in mid-year 2006. [ [http://www.pcbs.gov.ps/Portals/_pcbs/populati/pop12.aspx Projected Mid -Year Population] for North Gaza Governorateby Locality 2004- 2006 Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics] Hamas, an Islamic party, took control of it during the 2005 municipal elections.
The word “Lahia” is
Syriacand means “desert” or “fatigue”. It is surrounded by sand dunes, some rise to convert|55|m|ft|0|abbr=on above sea level. The area is renowned for its many large sycamore figtrees. The city is known for its fresh, sweet water, berries and citrus trees. It has an ancient hill and nearby abandoned village ruins. A mihrab, or mosque alcove indicating the direction of salaah(prayer), is all that remains of an ancient mosque to the west of Beit Lahia dating to the end of the Fatamidperiod and beginning of the Ayyubid Dynastyof Saladin, and two other mosques dating to the Ottoman period. [ [http://www.mideasttravelling.net/palestine/gaza/gaza_culture.htm Beit Lahaia] Municipality of Gaza.]
January 4 2005seven civilianresidents of Beit Lahia, including six members of the same family, were killed when an IDF tank shell hit the agricultural area where they were working.
June 9, 2006, eight civilians were killed while picnicking on the northern Gazan beach in Beit Lahia. The dead included seven members of the Ali Ghaliya family. [ The Guardian: [http://www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/story/0,,1794536,00.html Death on the beach: seven Palestinians killed as Israeli shells hit family picnic] , June 10, 2006]
* [http://www.pnic.gov.ps/english/tourism/tour14.html Palestinian National Information Centre]
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