Omaria massacre

Algerian massacres in 1997
Massacres in which over 50 people were killed:
Thalit massacre3 - 4 April
Haouch Khemisti massacre21 April
Dairat Labguer massacre16 June
Si-Zerrouk massacre27 July
Oued El-Had and Mezouara massacre3 August
Souhane massacre20 - 21 August
Beni-Ali massacre26 August
Rais massacre29 August
Beni-Messous massacre5 - 6 September
Guelb El-Kebir massacre19 September
Bentalha massacre22 September
Sid El-Antri massacre23 - 24 December
Wilaya of Relizane massacres30 December
1996 - - 1998
The largest Omaria massacre took place on 23 April 1997 in the Algerian village of Omaria near Médéa, south of Algiers. Attackers armed with knives, sabers, and guns killed 42 people - including 17 women and 3 babies - in 3 hours, mutilating and sometimes burning the bodies. A pregnant women was cut open, and her baby hacked apart. The Haouch Khemisti massacre had taken place the day before. The violence provoked international condemnation of those responsible; US State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns declared that "these Islamic terrorists... deserve special criticism and condemnation by the world community for these despicable acts", while the Algerian FLN stated that "This barbarity is condemned by all religions, laws and morals of humanity."

A previous massacre had taken place at Omaria on 22 January 1997, in which 23 people were killed.

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The Thalit massacre took place in Thalit village (Médéa, near Ksar el Boukhari; see map ), some 70 km from Algiers, on April 3-4 1997. 52 out of the 53 inhabitants were killed, having their throats slit by armed guerrillas who burned their houses afterwards.
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The Haouch Khemisti massacre took place before dawn on 22 April 1997 in the Algerian village of Haouch Mokhfi Khemisti (also spelled Boughelef Khemisti, Haouch Boughlef-Khemisti, Haouch Boukhelef-Khemisti, Haouch Boughfi el-Khemisti, Haouch Boughelaf, or Haouch Khmisti Bougara),
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The Dairat Labguer massacre took place on June 16, 1997 - less than two weeks after parliamentary elections - in the hamlet of Dairat Labguer (also (mis)spelled Dairat Labguar, Dairat Lebguar, Daïat Labguer, Daïret Lebguer, Dairet Lebguer) near M'sila, 300 km southeast of Algiers.
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The Si Zerrouk massacre took place in the Si Zerrouk neighborhood in the south of Larbaa in Algeria on 27 July 1997. About 50 people were killed.

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The Oued El-Had and Mezouara massacre took place on 3 August 1997 in two villages near Arib (see map ) in the wilaya of Ain Defla, Algeria. Guerrillas killed 40-76 civilians.
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The largest of the Souhane massacres took place in the small mountain town of Souhane (about 25 km south of Algiers, between Larbaa and Tablat) on the 20-21 August, 1997. 64 people were killed, and 15 women kidnapped; the resulting terror provoked a mass exodus, bringing the
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The Beni-Ali massacre took place in the mountain hamlet of Beni Ali, 40 miles south of Algiers near Chrea, on 26 August 1997. 64 (according to the New York Times and CNN) or 100 people (according to Amnesty International) were killed.
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The Rais massacre, occurring on August 29, 1997, was one of Algeria's bloodiest massacres of the 1990s. It took place at the village of Rais, near Larbaa and south of Algiers.
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The Beni-Messous massacre took place on the night of September 5, 1997, in Sidi Youssef, an outlying neighborhood of the town of Beni-Messous. At least 87 people were killed.
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The Guelb El-Kebir massacre took place in a small town near Beni Slimane (Medea, Algeria; see map ) on the night of the 19 and 20 September of 1997. 53 people, mainly women and children, were killed.
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At the village of Bentalha, about 15 km south of Algiers, on the night of September 22-23, 1997, more than 200 villagers (according to Amnesty International) were killed by armed guerrillas.
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The Sid El-Antri massacre took place on the night of 23-24 December 1997 in two small villages near Tiaret, Algeria. The death toll is unclear; Reuters cites "at least 80", or 48 according to the government, Le Jeune Independent
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