PLace

Wa'arat al-Sarris

Place
Wa'arat al-Sarris — وَعْرَة السَرِّيس
District
Haifa
Average Elevation
25 m
Subdistrict
Haifa
Distance from Haifa
11 km
Population
Year Arab Total
1931 * 1197
1944/45 190
Number of Houses (1931)
234
*

The village was located on the top of a small hill facing Mount Carmel to the west and southwest, close to a highway that led to Haifa.

At midnight on 3 February 1948, Zionist forces attempting to infiltrate the neighboring village of Iksal were stopped near Wa'arat aI-Sarris after an engagement lasting for over an hour. The Palestinian newspaper Filastin provides an account of the battle but does not give any casualty figures. The newspaper states that the attack was the second to be directed against Iksal (a village that is still inhabited by Palestinians today) after fighting had erupted in late 1947.

Because Wa'arat aI-Sarris was located close to the villages of Hawsha and Khirbat al-Kasayir, it may have been occupied or evacuated as a result of the attack on those two villages on 16 April 1948. But if residents remained after that attack, they probably panicked after the fall of Haifa a week later, on 22 April, and in the face of the Haganah's subsequent push to occupy the vicinity.

The original village landholdings have been combined with the lands belonging to the Arab town of Shafa 'Amr. The settlement of Qiryat Atta (160245), founded in 1925, has expanded so that some of its buildings occupy the village site.

The neighborhood of Amidar Aleph, a part of the Jewish settlement of Qiryat Ata, occupies the site. Four partly demolished houses remain; six other houses are being used by Jewish families (see photo). Oak, cypress, and fig trees as well as cactuses grow on the site.