Sancheong-Hamyang massacre

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Sancheong and Hamyang massacre
South Gyeongsang map.png
South Gyeongsang, South Korea.
Location South Korea
Date 7 February 1951
Target Communist sympathizer civilians
Attack type
Massacre
Deaths 705[1]
Perpetrators Syngman Rhee anticommunist forces

The Sancheong and Hamyang massacre (Korean: 산청・함양 양민학살 사건,[1][2] Hanja: 山清・咸陽良民虐殺事件) was a massacre conducted by a unit of the South Korean Army 11th Division during the Korean War. On 7 February 1951, 705 unarmed citizens in Sancheong and Hamyang, South Gyeongsang district of South Korea were killed. The victims were civilians and 85% of them were women, children and elderly people.[1][3][4] The 11th Division also conducted the Geochang massacre two days later. The division's commanding general was Choe Deok-sin.[5]

On 20 February 2006, the National Archives of Korea reported that files concerning the massacre had been found.[4]

On 7 November 2008, a memorial park for the victims was established in Sancheong.[3]

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Coordinates: 35°25′01″N 127°52′25″E / 35.41694°N 127.87361°E / 35.41694; 127.87361