Cave of the Patriarchs massacre

The Cave of the Patriarchs massacre was an attack on Muslim Arabs praying at the mosque in the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron on February 25, 1994.

Baruch Goldstein, an Israeli-American settler, off-duty IDF army reservist captain and member of the extremist Kach movement, opened fire on the worshippers. According to Israeli reports 39 Palestinians were killed and 125 wounded, while Palestinian sources stated that up to 52 people were shot to death. Goldstein was also killed in the attack, which took place during the overlapping religious holidays of Purim and Ramadan. Israel harshly condemned the attack and promised to pay compensation to the families of the victims.