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Kiryat Shmona massacre
Part of Palestinian insurgency in South Lebanon
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IDF soldiers outside Janusz Korczak middle school
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The attack site
Location Kiryat Shmona, Israel
Date April 11, 1974
Attack type
Shooting spree
Deaths 18 Israelis, including 8 children (+ 3 attackers)
Non-fatal injuries
15 Israelis
Perpetrators 3 Palestinian assailants. PFLP-GC claimed responsibility.

The Kiryat Shmona massacre was an attack by three members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command on civilians in the Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona on 11 April 1974. Eighteen people were killed and 16 were wounded.[1]

The attack

On 11 April 1974, three members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command crossed the Israeli border from Lebanon. First, they entered the Janusz Korczak middle school, but it was the Passover holiday and the school was unoccupied. They then decided to enter another building nearby. They killed many of that building's residents. The terrorists then blew themselves up as Israeli soldiers stormed the building.[2]


More attacks on northern Israel followed by Palestinian insurgents, including the Ma'alot massacre the same year, the Savoy Hotel Attack and Kfar Yuval hostage crisis in 1975, and multiple airplane hijacking acts, the most notable being Entebbe Operation in 1976. Following the bloody attack on an Israeli bus on March 1978, Israel launched its first large-scale invasion into Lebanon to eradicate Palestinian bases.

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Coordinates: 33°12′56″N 35°34′04″E / 33.21556°N 35.56778°E / 33.21556; 35.56778

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