Archaeologists find mass graves at the sites of the Spanish Civil War purge


Zaragoza, Spain, October 25 (EFE) .- Spanish archaeologists have unearthed two graves near Zaragoza that could contain the bodies of 150 people executed during a fascist purge at the start of the Spanish Civil War.

The discovery was made in the cemetery of Belchite.

Part of Belchite remains a ghost town to this day due to the extent of the damage suffered during the war, which raged from 1936 to 1939.

Although pending confirmation, it is believed that the two graves could contain the bodies of at least 150 people whose execution by the Phalangist forces, which supported the nationalist uprising of Fransicso Franco against the Second Republic, has been documented. .

Jose Vidal, head of the local association for the law of historical memory, which campaigns to search for and identify victims of the Spanish Civil War and Franco, said about 400 people from the town and neighboring villages in the region of northeastern Spain were executed shortly after the war. exploded.

Among the fifteen bodies that were exhumed in the first tomb were women and a minor.

The skeletons were found with bullet holes in their skulls and in positions that indicated “significant violence,” as if they had been thrown into the graves in handcuffs, according to archaeologist and co-director of the excavations, Gonzalo Garcia.

An estimated 130,000 people are buried in unidentified mass graves across Spain, of which 90,000 were killed during the civil war and 40,000 during the post-war Franco dictatorship, experts say. EFE

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