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HaBesor (Hebrew: נחל הבשור‎, Nahal HaBesor) is a wadi in southern Israel. The stream begins at Mount Boker (near Sde Boker), and spills into the Mediterranean Sea near Deir al-Balah in the Gaza Strip, where it is called Wadi Gaza. The stream is the largest in the northern Negev, and together with its largest tributaries, the Grar and Beersheba streams, reaches as far as Sde Boker, Yeruham, Dimona and Arad/Tel Arad.[1] The water is used by citizens of the Gaza Strip and Israel.[2]


In the Gaza.


The geographical region referred to as HaBesor stretches from the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip to kibbutz Urim in the south. It is a plain at an elevation of about 70–80 m above sea level.[1]

Tributaries from south to north: HaRo'e Stream, Boker Stream, Mesora Stream, Zalzal Stream, Revivim Stream, Atadim Stream, Beersheba Stream, Grar Stream, Assaf Stream, Amar Stream, Sahaf Stream and Wadi Abu Katrun.


Tell el-Farah (South) is located on the west of Nahal Besor. It was first excavated by

Several archaeological sites were excavated by Eann Macdonald in 1929 to 1930 along the Wadi Ghazzeh in lower Nahal Besor that show signs of specialist flint production. Some of these sites were re-excavated in 1969 by Jean Perrot.[9][10] Finds of pottery and flints were studied by Ann Roshwalb who found evidence of both Egyptian and late neolithic occupations.[11]

See also


External links

  • Official website of the Tell el-Farah excavations, Nahal Besor. Claremont Graduate University.

Coordinates: 31°17′13.28″N 34°29′7.12″E / 31.2870222°N 34.4853111°E / 31.2870222; 34.4853111

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