List of massacres in Turkey
This article needs to be updated.August 2016)(
|Fall of Miletus||494 BC||Miletus||Most Milesian men||Persian Empire||Greeks|||
|Battle of Aegospotami||405 BC||Aegospotami||3,000||Sparta||Athenian sailors||3,000 Athenian sailors executed|
|Fall of Sestos||353 BC||Sestos||All males of Sestos||Athens||Greeks|
|Asiatic Vespers||88 BC||Asia (Roman province)||80,000–150,000||Mithridates VI of Pontus||Romans and Italians|||
|Nika Revolt||January 532||Constantinople||30,000||Byzantine Empire||Byzantines||About thirty thousand rioters were reportedly killed.|
|Sack of Amorium||August 838||Amorium||30,000–70,000||Abbasid Caliphate||Byzantines|
|Battle of Levounion||29 April 1091||Enez||tens of thousands||Byzantine Empire & Cumans||Pechenegs||The Pechenegs consisting of 80,000 warriors and their families invaded the Byzantine Empire. Near Enez they were ambushed by a combined Byzantine and Cuman army, fighting soon turned into wholesale slaughter. Warriors and civilians were killed and the Pecheneg people were nearly wiped out.|
|Siege of Antioch||3 June 1098||Antioch||Muslim and Christian population||Crusaders||Muslim and Christian population|
|Siege of Edessa (1144)||24 December 1144||Edessa||Unknown||Zengids||Population of Edessa||Population massacred by Zengid Turks|
|Massacre of the Latins||May 1182||Constantinople||Uncertain – tens of thousands||Byzantine mob||Roman Catholics||The bulk of the Latin community, estimated at over 60,000 at the time, was wiped out or forced to flee; some 4,000 survivors were sold as slaves to the Turks. The massacre further worsened relations and increased enmity between the Western and Eastern Christian churches, and a sequence of hostilities between the two followed.|
|Siege of Constantinople (1204)||8–13 April 1204||Constantinople||many civilians killed||Crusaders||Byzantines||The city was sacked and looted.|
|Siege of Antioch (1268)||18 May 1268||Antioch||14,000||Mamluk Sultanate||Christians||14,000 Christians slaughtered by the forces of Baibars.|
|Fall of Constantinople||1453||Constantinople||4,000||Ottomans||Byzantines||4,000 persons of both sexes and all ages were massacred during these days. Moreover, the dwellings and the churches were plundered. Some 30,000 were enslaved.|
|Constantinople massacre||1821||Constantinople||unknown||Ottoman government||Greeks||Greek Orthodox Patriarch Gregory V and other notables were executed.|
|Massacres of Badr Khan||1840||Hakkari||10,000||Kurdish Emirs of Buhtan, Badr Khan and Nurullah||Assyrians.||Many who were not killed were sold into slavery. 1826 Janissaries massacred by government (link to Auspicious Incident)|
|Batak Massacre||1876||Batak, Bulgaria||1,200–7,000||Ottoman irregular troops||Bulgarians||Occurred at the beginning of the April Uprising.|
|Hamidian massacres||1894–1896||Eastern Ottoman Empire||100,000–300,000||Ottoman Empire
Turkish, Kurdish tribes
|Armenians||See also Massacres of Diyarbakır (1895)|
|Adana massacre||April 1909||Adana Vilayet||15,000–30,000||local Turkish nationalist activist, conservative reactionary to Young Turk government||Armenians|
|Ethnic cleansing of Thracian Bulgarians||Summer 1913||Edirne Vilayet||50,000–60,000||Young Turk government||Bulgarians|
World War I (1914–1918)Edit
|Greek genocide||1913–1922||Ottoman Empire||500,000–900,000||Young Turk government||Greeks||Reports detail systematic massacres, deportations, individual killings, rapes, burning of entire Greek villages, destruction of Greek Orthodox churches and monasteries, drafts for "Labor Brigades", looting, terrorism and other atrocities|
|Assyrian genocide||1914–1918||Ottoman Empire||270,000–750,000||Young Turk government and Kurdish tribes||Assyrians||Denied by the Turkish government|
|Armenian Genocide||1915–1918||Ottoman Empire||850,000–1,800,000||Young Turk government and Kurdish tribes||Armenians||The Armenians of the eastern regions of the empire were systematically massacred. The Turkish government currently denies the genocide. Considered the first modern genocide by scholars. It is the second most studied case of genocide after the Holocaust.|
|Massacres in the Çoruh River valley||1916||Çoruh River valley||45,000||Cossack regiments||Muslim population||During WWI, Russian "General Liakhov, for instance 'accused the Muslims of treachery, and sent his Cossacks from Batum with orders to kill every native at sight, and burn every village and every mosque. And very efficiently had they performed their task, for as we passed up the Chorokh valley to Artvin not a single habitable dwelling or a single living creature did we see.'" |
|Massacres in Erzincan and Erzurum||1918||Erzincan and Erzerum||10,000||Muslim population|
Post-World War I (1919–1923)Edit
Republic of Turkey (1923–present)Edit
|Zilan massacre||July 1930||Van Province||4,500–15,000||Turkish security forces||Sunni Kurds||5,000 women, children, and elderly people were reportedly killed|
|Suppression of the Dersim rebellion||Summer 1937-Spring 1938||Tunceli Province||7,594–13,806||Turkish security forces||Alevi Kurds||The killings have been condemned by some as an ethnocide or genocide|
|Istanbul pogrom||6–7 September 1955||Istanbul||13–30||Turkish government||primarily Greeks, as well as Armenians||The killings are identified as genocidal by Alfred-Maurice de Zayas. Many of the minorities, mostly Greek Christians, forced to leave Turkey. Several churches are demolished by explosives.|
|Taksim Square massacre||May 1, 1977||Taksim Square in Istanbul||34-42||Unknown||Leftist demonstrators|
|Beyazıt massacre||March 16, 1978||Istanbul||7 university students killed, 41 injured ,||Grey Wolves, Turkish Police, Deep State||Leftist university students||Cemil Sönmez, Baki Ekiz, Hatice Özen, Abdullah Şimşek, Murat Kurt, Hamdi Akıl and Turan Ören were killed and 41 others were injured by a bomb that was followed by gunfire March 16, 1978.|
|Bahçelievler massacre||October 9, 1978||Bahçelievler, Ankara||7||Neo-fascists||Leftist students|
|Maraş massacre||December 19–26, 1978||Kahramanmaraş Province||109||Grey Wolves||Alevi Turks and Kurds|
|Çorum massacre||May–July, 1980||Çorum Province||57||Grey Wolves||Alevi Turks|
|Pınarcık massacre||June 20, 1987||Pınarcık in Mardin Province||30||PKK (alleged)
The Turkish army (alleged)
(aka Madımak massacre)
|July 2, 1993||Sivas, Turkey||37||Salafists||Alevi intellectuals|
|Başbağlar massacre||July 5, 1993||Başbağlar, near Erzincan||33||Turkish army/PKK (disputed)||Turkish civilians|
|Yavi massacre||October 25, 1993||Yavi, Çat, Erzurum Province||38||PKK||Turkish civilians|
|Kuşkonar massacre||March 23, 1994||Kuskonar, Sirnak||38||Turkish forces||Civilians of Kurdish origin||The government bombed and killed residents of villages who refused to join the government forces. The government spread pictures of dead children in newspapers and blamed the PKK. Turkey was condemned for carrying out the massacre of Kurdish civilians in the ECHR.|
|Gazi Quarter massacre||March 15, 1995||Istanbul and Ankara||23||Anonymous||Alevi Turks||More than 400 injured|
|Mardin engagement ceremony massacre||May 4, 2009||Bilge, Mardin||44||Village guards||Civilians of Kurdish origin||Reuters said it was "one of the worst attacks involving civilians in Turkey's modern history", declaring that the scale of the attack had shocked the nation.|
|Roboski airstrike||December 28, 2011||Uludere, Sirnak||34||Turkish forces||Civilians of Kurdish origin||Warplanes killed villagers who had been involved in smuggling gasoline and cigarettes in the area, during an operation meant to target Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels. The government gave no information about the facts.|
|2015 Suruç bombing||July 20, 2015||Urfa, Urfa||33 killed, 104 were reported injured.||ISIS||Civilians students|
|2015 Ankara bombings||October 10, 2015||Ankara||109 civilians killed, 500+ were reported injured.||ISIS||Kurdish HDP party election rally for the parliamentary elections|
|2016 Atatürk Airport attack||June 28, 2016||Atatürk Airport, Istanbul||45||Unknown||Civilians|
|December 2016 Istanbul bombings||December 10, 2016||Istanbul||45||Unknown||Police forces & civilians|
|2017 Istanbul nightclub attack||January 1, 2017||Istanbul||39||Unknown||Civilians|
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