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First Qana massacre on its 16th anniversary
On 18 April 1996, Israeli forces attacked a refugee camp in Qana in Lebanon which was under the protection of the United Nations.
Palestine 17.04.2012

A total of 109 Palestinians, mostly women and children, lost their lives in the attack. The massacre made its way to the memories of all with its painful scenes while the UN announced that the attack was a deliberate one.

Qana massacre took place upon orders from then Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres following a 16-day-long heavy Israeli aerial bombardment in Lebanon. Israel carried out 600 aerial strikes and used 23,000 canon balls. More than 300,000 people were displaced due to the operation. A total of 109 people lost their lives when the UN compound where refugees took shelter in the village of Qana were attacked at the end of the operation named as “Grapes of Wrath” by Israel.

This incident is known as the 1st Qana massacre. Israel carried out another attack in the same village in July 2006 by striking a three-storey building, claiming the lives of more than 60 civilians 37 of whom were children. 

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