List of massacres in the Palestinian territories

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The following is a list of massacres that have occurred in the Palestinian territories (East Jerusalem, West Bank and the Gaza Strip) since 1948.

Name Date Location Responsible Party Deaths Notes
Qibya massacre October 1953 Qibya IDF troops under Ariel Sharon. 69 two-thirds of the victims were women and children.[citation needed]
Khan Yunis massacre November 3, 1956 Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip IDF ≈200[1][2][3][better source needed] Israeli authorities and Palestinians gave differing accounts as to how the killings occurred.[4]
Rafah massacre November 12, 1956 Rafah, Gaza Strip IDF 48-100[5][better source needed][6][7] Refugees and local residents killed during massive screening operation after former Egyptian and Palestinian soldiers and Fedayeen hid among the local population.[6][3]
Cave of the Patriarchs massacre February 25, 1994 Hebron Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein 29 29 Muslims praying inside the Ibrahimi Mosque were killed with 125 more wounded.[8]
Itamar attack March 11, 2011 Itamar[9] Two Palestinians[10] 5[11] Both parents and three children of one family stabbed to death in their home, one infant decapitated.[12]

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  1. ^ Burns, Lieutenant-General E.L.M. (1962) Between Arab and Israeli. George G. Harrap. Page 304.
  2. ^ Morris, Benny (1993) Israel's Border Wars, 1949–1956. Arab Infiltration, Israeli Retaliation, and the Countdown to the Suez War. Oxford University Press, ISBN 0 19 827850 0. Page 408. "On 3 November, the day Khan Yunis was conquered, IDF troops shot dead hundreds of Palestinian refugees and local inhabitants in the town. One U.N. report speaks of "some 135 local residents" and "140 refugees" killed as IDF troops moved through the town and its refugee camp "searching for people in possession of arms.""
  3. ^ a b UNRWA Report to the UN General Assembly November 1 – December 14, 1956
  4. ^ UNRWA Report to the UN General Assembly November 1 – December 14, 1956 "The town of Khan Yunis and the Agency's camp adjacent thereto were occupied by Israel troops on the morning of 3 November. A large number of civilians were killed at that time, but there is some conflict in the accounts given as to the causes of the casualties. The Israel authorities state that there was resistance to their occupation and that the Palestinian refugees formed part of the resistance. On the other hand, the refugees state that all resistance had ceased at the time of the incident and that many unarmed civilians were killed as the Israel troops went through the town and camp, seeking men in possession of arms. The exact number of dead and wounded is not known, but the Director has received from sources he considers trustworthy lists of names of persons allegedly killed on 3 November, numbering 275 individuals, of whom 140 were refugees and 135 local residents of Khan Yunis."
  5. ^ McDowall, David (1992). Palestine and Israel: The Uprising and Beyond. University of California Press. p. 204. ISBN 0520076532. 
  6. ^ a b Morris, Benny (1993) Israel's Border Wars, 1949 - 1956. Arab Infiltration, Israeli Retaliation, and the Countdown to the Suez War. Oxford University Press, ISBN 0 19 827850 0. Page 407-409. "In Rafah, which fell to the IDF on 1–2 November, Israeli troops killed between forty-eight and one hundred refugees and several local residents, and wounded another sixty-one during a massive screening operation on 12 November, in which they sought to identify former Egyptian and Palestinian soldiers and Fedayeen hiding among the local population. . . . Another sixty-six Palestinians, probably Fedayeen, were executed in a number of other incidents during screening operations in the Gaza Strip between 2 and 20 November. . . . The United Nations estimated that, all told, Israeli troops killed between 447 and 550 Arab civilians in the first three weeks of the occupation of the Strip."
  7. ^ Bickerton, Ian J. (2009). The Arab-Israeli Conflict: A History. Reaktion Books. pp. 104–105. ISBN 1861895275. 
  8. ^ "Settlers remember gunman Goldstein; Hebron riots continue". Issacharoff, Avi. Haaretz. March 1, 2010.
  9. ^ Cohen, Gili (13 March 2011). "Itamar settlement has been a prime target for terror". Haaretz. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  10. ^ Raved, Ahiya (5 June 2011). "Palestinian baby killer: Proud of what I did". Ynetnews. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  11. ^ Rallies held around country in response to Itamar attacks
  12. ^ Pfeffer, Anshel (17 April 2011). "Two teens from West Bank village arrested over Itamar massacre". Haaretz. Retrieved 20 April 2011.