Khan Yunis massacre

Khan Yunis killings
Part of the Suez Crisis
Khan Yunis-1930s.jpg
Caravanserai of Khan Yunis, 1930s
LocationKhan Yunis, Gaza Strip
Date3 November 1956
TargetMale Arab villagers
Suspected members of the Palestinian fedayeen
Attack type
Massacre[1]
Deaths≈275+
PerpetratorsIsrael Defense Forces

The Khan Yunis massacre took place on 3 November 1956 in the Palestinian town of Khan Yunis and the nearby refugee camp of the same name in the Gaza Strip during the Suez Crisis.

According to Benny Morris, during an Israel Defense Forces operation to reopen the Egyptian-blockaded Straits of Tiran, Israeli soldiers shot two hundred Palestinians in Khan Yunis and Rafah.[1][2][3] According to Noam Chomsky's The Fateful Triangle, citing Donald Neff, 275 Palestinians were killed in a brutal house-to-house search for Fedayeen (while a further 111 were reportedly killed in Rafah).[4][5]

Israeli authorities say that IDF soldiers ran into local militants and a battle erupted.[6][7] Meir Pa'il told the Associated Press, "There was never a killing of such a degree. Nobody was murdered. I was there. I don't know of any massacre." [8]

United Nations report

On 15 December 1956, the Special Report of the Director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Covering the Period 1 November 1956 to mid-December 1956 was presented to the General Assembly of the United Nations. The report told both sides of the "Khan Yunis incident". The Director's notes also acknowledge a similar incident, the Rafah massacre, immediately following that city's occupation.[9] According to the UNWRA report, which put together what it considered a credible list of people executed on November 3, some 275 were executed that day.