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Encyclopedia > Khan Yunis
Khan Yunis
Arabic خان يونس
Name Meaning "Jonah's Inn"
Government City
Governorate Khan Yunis
Population 179,900 (2006)
Jurisdiction  dunams

Khan Yunis (Arabic: خان يونس; literally Jonah's Inn) is a city and adjacent refugee camp in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics the city, its refugee camp, and its immediate surroundings had a total population of 180,000 in 2006.[1] Arabic redirects here. ... This is a list of cities in on the territory of the Palestinian National Authority (yet not necessarily under its jurisdiction). ... Map showing governorates and areas of formal Palestinian control (green) After the signing of the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian territories were divided into three areas and 16 governorates under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian National Authority. ... The Khan Yunis Governorate is one of 16 Governorates of the Palestinian National Authority, located in the southern Gaza Strip. ... A dunam or dönüm, dunum, donum is a unit of area. ... Arabic redirects here. ... The Prophet Jonah, as depicted by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel Jonah (Hebrew: , Standard  Tiberian  ; Arabic: يونس, Yunus or يونان, Yunaan ; Latin Ionas ; Dove) was a prophet in the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh/Old Testament) and Quran who was swallowed by a great fish. ... bjhgfshudgfgbfsfas Refugee camp for Rwandans located in what is now the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo following the Rwandan Genocide A camp in Guinea for refugees from Sierra Leone. ... The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) is the statistical organisation of the Palestinian National Authority. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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History

The refugee camp was founded in 1948 and initially held 35,000 refugees, mostly from villages in the Beersheba area. The number of refugees and their descendants registered with UNRWA in mid-2002 was 60,662. Beersheba (Hebrew: ‎, Beer Sheva, Arabic: , Bir as-Sabi) is the largest city in the Negev desert of Israel. ... The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was established to provide assistance to Palestinian refugees. ...


In November 3rd 1956 , during the Suez war the IDF launched an invasion into Khan Yunis.


Many atrocities were comitted against the refugees of Khan Yunis camp, in where hundreds of civilians were killed and others severely wounded, it was reported over 1,200 youths were killed during the invasion, many of whom were dragged out into the street and killed in front of their fathers.


Khan Yunis in the al-Aqsa Intifada

Main article: Al-Aqsa Intifada

Khan Yunis was the site of Israeli helicopter attacks in August 2001 and October 2002. It is known as a stronghold of the militant Islamist group Hamas. [2] For other uses, see al-Aqsa (disambiguation). ... Islamism is a political ideology derived from the conservative religious views of Muslim fundamentalism. ... Hamas (; acronym: , or Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya or Islamic Resistance Movement,[1]) is a Palestinian Islamic militant organization and political party. ...


The northern part of Khan Yunis overlooks the Kissufim junction — formerly one of the main roads for Israeli traffic to Gush Katif. Buildings there had often been used by militants as sniping posts and mortar bases to shoot settlers and soldiers. Kissufim is the name of an Israeli kibbutz several miles from Israels border with the Gaza strip. ... Homes alongside a sand dune in Neve Dekalim. ... The word militant has come to refer to any individual or party engaged in aggressive physical or verbal combat, normally for a cause. ... US soldier loading a M224 60-mm mortar. ...


From Khan Yunis' northern buildings, two terrorists killed Tali Hatuel on May 2, 2004, forcing her and her four daughters off the road and shooting them at close range. The next week, her memorial service was attacked at the same site. One building was also used as cover for an explosive-laden tunnel, which blew up an Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) outpost on June 27. After each attack, the IDF bulldozed some of the structures used by the terrorists. Tali Hatuel Tali Hatuel was an Israeli social worker who, along with her four daughters aged 2 to 11, was shot at close range and killed on May 2, 2004 by armed Palestinian terrorists. ... May 2 is the 122nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (123rd in leap years). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is concerned solely with chemical explosives. ... The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) (Hebrew: צבא ההגנה לישראל Tsva Ha-Haganah Le-Yisrael ([Army] Force [for] the Defense of Israel), often abbreviated צהל Tsahal, alternative English spelling Tzahal, is the name of Israels armed forces... is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


From September, 29 2004 till October 15 2004, the Israeli Occupation Forces killed more than 142 Palestinians, 100 of whom were civilians in Jabalya Refugee camp. The number increased to more than 200 Palestinians since Sept. 29


On December 16, 2004, the IDF raided the town with armoured bulldozers and tanks in order to stop mortar shelling of Israeli settlements. In the six weeks before the operation about 80 mortar shells and Qassam rockets had hit Gush Katif, killing one Thai worker and wounding a dozen civilians and 11 soldiers.[3] The operation ended with about 14 Palestinians killed, most of them militants. is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An armored Caterpillar D9 bulldozer used by the IDF. Armored bulldozers are a standard tool of combat engineering battalions, and the Israeli Defence Forces has gained notoriety for their use of armored bulldozers for urban warfare in the Al-Aqsa Intifada. ... US soldier loading a M224 60-mm mortar. ... The remnants of an exploded Qassam rocket that was fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel. ... Homes alongside a sand dune in Neve Dekalim. ...


As a result, Khan Yunis have been the target of frequent raids by the IDF, and heavy battles ensued in the area, leaving tens of Palestinians killed, a small number of whom were armed militants,with the overwhelming majority being civilians.


Israeli pullout

In 2005, Israel unilaterally pulled out of Khan Yunis and the rest of the Gaza Strip in its unilateral disengagement plan. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Israels unilateral disengagement plan (Hebrew: תוכנית ההתנתקות Tokhnit HaHitnatkut or תכנית ההינתקות Tokhnit HaHinatkut in the Disengagement Plan Implementation Law), also known as the Disengagement plan, Gaza Pull-Out plan, and Hitnatkut) was a proposal by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, adopted by the government and enacted in August 2005, to remove all...


See also

  • Palestinian refugee camps

Palestinian refugee camps were established after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War to accommodate Palestinian refugees who fled from the war. ...

References

Pierre Rehov's " From the river to the sea "


External links


Coordinates: 31°20′38″N, 34°18′09″E The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was established to provide assistance to Palestinian refugees. ... In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a Palestinian refugee is a refugee from Palestine created by the Palestinian Exodus, which Palestinian Arabs call the Nakba (Arabic: , meaning disaster or catastrophe). The United Nations definition of a Palestinian refugee is a person whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946... Flag The approximate borders of the British Mandate circa 1922. ... ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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Khan Yunis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (435 words)
Khan Yunis (Arabic: خان يونس literally Jonah's Inn) is a city and refugee camp in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
After Israel's withdrawal in March, 1957 a mass grave was found at Khan Yunis containing the bodies of forty people presumed to be Arabs, who had their hands tied and who were reportedly shot in the back of the head.
Khan Yunis is known as a stronghold of the radical group Hamas.
Khan Yunis - definition of Khan Yunis in Encyclopedia (410 words)
Khan Yunis (Arabic: خان يونس) is a city/refugee camp in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
After Israel's withdrawal in March, 1957 a mass grave was found at Khan Yunis containing the bodies of forty Arabs that had their hands tied who had been shot in the back of the head.
As a result, Khan Yunis have been the target of frequent raids by the IDF, and heavy battle ensued in the area - leaving tens of Palestinians killed, many of whome were armed militants.
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