Highlight | On July 9, 1948, and to relieve the besieged city of Jerusalem from military pressure, Zionist forces launched a large-scale military operation. Known as Operation Dani, it aimed to occupy the cities of Lydda and Ramla. Despite their limited capabilities, Lydda's defenders showed great resistance. Yet, two days later, Zionists succeeded in occupying the city, and on the third, perpetrated a brutal massacre against its Arab residents. Although some residents sought refuge in the Dahmash Mosque, Zionists didn't spare them. More than 400 Arabs were killed, and the survivors were forced to seek refuge outside their city.
Read about the Lydda massacre on the Palestinian Timeline.