According to Irgun sources

According to Irgun sources, the village guards felt surprised by “the Jews” entering their village at night and opened fire on the Irgun force.2 The village fell after fierce house-to-house fighting. During and after the battle for the village, at least 107 Palestinians were killed, including women and children—some were shot, while others died when hand grenades were thrown into their homes.3 Despite an original boast by the victors that 254 had been killed, Aref al-Aref counted 117 victims, 7 in combat and the rest in their homes.4 According to a count conducted by International Red Cross representative Jacques de Reynier, apart from bodies left lying in the streets, 150 corpses were found in one cistern alone, among them people who had been either decapitated or disemboweled.5 Israeli historian Benny Morris wrote that there were also cases of mutilation and rape.6 Several villagers were taken prisoner and may have been killed after being paraded through the streets of West Jerusalem.7 Four of the attackers were killed, with around 35 injured.8

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