LESSER-KNOWN BUT HORRIFIC WAR CRIMES THAT MIGHT SHOCK YOU
Added on: 25th Aug 2016
The Bleiburg repatriations encompass events that took place
after World War II in Europe, when tens of thousands of
soldiers and civilians associated with the Axis Powers fleeing
Yugoslavia were repatriated to that country. Thousands
were murdered or subjected to forced labour camps.
The Visegrad massacres, also known as the Visegrad
Genocide, were acts of mass murder committed against the
Bosniak population of the town of Visegrad during the ethnic
cleansing of eastern Bosnia at the start of the Bosnian War.
According to documents from the International Criminal
Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), based on the
victim reports, about three thousand Bosniaks were murdered
during the violence, including about six hundred women
and 119 children.
GHOUTA CHEMICAL ATTACK
The Ghouta chemical attack took place during the Syrian
Civil War in the early hours of August 21, 2013. Several
opposition-controlled areas around Damascus were struck
by rockets containing the chemical agent sarin. Estimates of
the death toll range from at least 281 to 1,729, with many
of them children. The attack was the deadliest use of
chemical weapons since the Iran–Iraq War.
KHAN YUNIS MASSACRE
This massacre took place during the Suez Crisis on November 3,
1956, in the Palestinian town of Khan Yunis. During an Israel
Defence Forces operation to reopen the Egyptian-blockaded
Straits of Tiran, Israeli soldiers shot two hundred unarmed
Palestinians in Khan Yunis and Rafah. According to Joe Sacco’s
graphic novel Footnotes in Gaza, Israeli soldiers shot a
number of Palestinian men in their homes and lined up others
and executed them. However, the Israeli authorities claim IDF
soldiers ran into local militants and a battle erupted.
AL-ASKARI MOSQUE BOMBING
On February 22, 2006, al-Askari mosque, the Iraqi city of
Samarra, was bombed. President George W. Bush suggested
that “the evidence indicated” it was “an Al Qaeda plot.”
The bombing was followed by retaliatory violence with over a
hundred dead bodies being found the next day and well
over one thousand people killed in the days
following the bombing.
NISOUR SQUARE MASSACRE
On September 16, 2007, Blackwater military contractors
(a private military corporation) shot and killed seventeen
Iraqi civilians in Nisour Square in Baghdad. The fatalities
occurred while a Blackwater Personal Security Detail (PSD)
was escorting a convoy of US State Department vehicles
to a meeting in western Baghdad with officials from the
US Agency for International Development. The shooting led
to the unravelling of the North Carolina–based company,
which since has replaced its management and
changed its name to Xe Services.
The Klecka killings involved the mass murder of twenty-two
Kosovo Serb civilians, including children, by members of the
Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). After the killings, members of the
KLA attempted to dispose of the bodies by incinerating them
in a lime kiln. The Yugoslav Ministry of Foreign Affairs
condemned the killings as a “Nazi-style crime.”
The Srebrenica massacre (1995) was the murder of more than
eight thousand Muslim Bosniaks, mainly men and boys, in and
around the town of Srebrenica during the Bosnian War. The
killings were perpetrated by units of the Bosnian Serb Army of
Republika Srpska (VRS) under the command of
General Ratko Mladic.
The al-Anfal Campaign, also known as the Kurdish Genocide,
was a violent campaign against the Kurdish people in
northern Iraq, led by Ali Hassan al-Majid in the final stages
of the Iran–Iraq War. The campaign also targeted other
minority communities including Assyrians, Shabaks, Iraqi
Turkmens, Yazidis, Mandeans. Many villages belonging to
these ethnic groups were also destroyed.