1900-1919 | Collective punishments | Demolishing villages | Punitive operations | Uncategorized | Yemen

A ‘punitive expedition destroys Kotaibi villages in Yemen

[ 2 November 1903 ] Following an attack by the Kotaibis on a British military outpost at Sulaik in Aden (today part of Yemen), an expedition composed of 600 soldiers of the Royal Hampshire Regiment and the 23rd Bombay Rifles under the command of General Maitland set off in to the hills on 30th October…

1920-1939 | Demolishing villages | Palestine

British army turns Palestinian village into ‘a pile of mangled masonry’

26 October 1938 On 26 October 1938, journalists were driven out to the Palestinian village of Mi’ar, east of Acre, to witness ‘a punitive measure.’ Arthur Merton, the correspondent of the Daily Telegraph, described it as a village ‘with a population of about 500… perched on a hill, looking most innocent with its clean white houses,’…

1950-1959 | Demolishing villages | Egypt

8 DECEMBER

BRITISH ARMY’S ‘OPERATION BULLDOZER’ FLATTENS EGYPTIAN VILLAGE [ 8 December 1951 ] At 7.20 am on 8 December 1951, 1,500 red capped paratroopers of the 16th Independent Parachute Brigade, under the command of Brigadier Kenneth Darling, arrived at the village of El Ganaien to flatten fifty small houses. El Ganaien was the home to hundreds…