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"We need a statement, not a manifesto. The Holy City will be enough for today."
―Wilhuff Tarkin to Orson Krennic[src]

The destruction of Jedha City,[4] also referred to as the destruction of the holy city, or as the massacre at Jedha,[3] occurred during the reign of the Galactic Empire when the Empire, in an effort to test the superlaser of the Death Star, used the battle station to destroy the holy city of the moon Jedha. Operating on a single reactor for the superlaser's power, the Empire evacuated the Imperial occupation force before moving the Death Star into orbit, targeting the holy city, and destroying it. The blast caused not only an enormous explosion but also significant damage to the moon, throwing fire, smoke, and dirt high into the air. On the ground, the shockwave caused Jedha's surface to begin peeling back, destroying everything that it touched. The Empire subsequently fabricated a cover story for the Imperial Senate that Jedha was destroyed in a mining accident.[1]

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Behind the scenesEdit

The destruction of Jedha City was depicted in the 2016 Anthology film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The first footage of the event was shown in the first Rogue One trailer on August 11, 2016.[5] In Star Wars Legends, the event where the Death Star tested its Superweapon was identified as the Destruction of Despayre.[6]

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Early rebellion against the Galactic Empire
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Previous: Clone Wars

Concurrent: Jedi Purge · Jedha insurgency · Mandalorian civil war · Ryloth insurgency

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Battles of the Early rebellion against the Galactic Empire
18 BBY Occupation of Mon Cala (Dac City · Mon Cala (I) · Polar regions · Bel City)
Raada
5 BBY Imperial interrogator droids · Imperial supply convoy · Lothal airfield
Capital City · Kessel · Imperial weapons · Kothal
Stygeon Prime · Imperial Academy (Lothal) · Imperial convoy (Lothal) · Atrivis sector (Mantooine)
4 BBY Kaller · Lahn · Tseebo · Old Republic Senate Building · Jalath
Comm tower · Mustafar (I) · Arkanis · Quila · Imperial shield generators · Siege of Lothal (Lothal (I) · Phoenix Squadron (I)) · Seelos · Absanz · Ibaar · Thrad · Garel (I) · Interdictor
3 BBY Phoenix Squadron (II) · Calderos Station · Imvur · Garel (II) · Lothal Depot · Dogfight over Concord Dawn · Mission to the third moon of Concord Dawn · Lira San
Ryloth (I) · Imperial construction module · Phoenix Squadron (III)
2 BBY Naraka · Lothal campaign (Yarma · Ryloth (II) · Mykapo · Imperial Armory Complex · Chopper Base · Chimaera · Archeon Nebula · Atollon) · Teralov
Montross · Agamar · Concord Dawn (III) · Geonosis · Krownest · Killun Station
1 BBY Mandalore · Jalindi · Faos Station · Lothal campaign (Lothal (II) · Lothal (III)
Lothal (IV) · Lothal Jedi Temple · Lothal (V))
0 BBY Ring of Kafrene · Wobani · Operation Fracture (Jedha (I) · Eadu) · Scarif
Other Crucival · F'tzner system · Garel (III) · Iakar (II) · Mustafar (II)
Mygeeto · Ord Biniir · Wecacoe · Garel (IV)
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