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October 1, 1986 | Associated Press
Jean-Marc Sroussi, a French television journalist reported kidnaped in Lebanon, has returned to East Beirut, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry said today. The spokesman refused to provide any further details about Sroussi's reported captivity or his apparent safe return. The French Embassy in Beirut announced Sunday that Sroussi had disappeared and was believed kidnaped.
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October 22, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Government forces and angry mourners clashed Sunday in a raging street brawl that dramatized how the conflict in neighboring Syria has inflamed Lebanon's sectarian tensions and threatens to destabilize this nation's delicate political balance. The funeral for a slain police official devolved into an unsightly battle in the heart of the Lebanese capital as mourners tried to storm the hilltop government palace but were turned back by troops. Soldiers launched tear gas canisters and squeezed salvos of automatic weapons fire into the air in a bid to disperse the enraged crowd of several hundred - mostly young men, some wielding sticks and tossing stones as they charged the prime minister's elegant headquarters, known as the Grand Serail.
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May 7, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Caught in ruthless fighting, 21 people were killed in Christian East Beirut today--seven of them cut to pieces when shelling ripped through the walls of their shelter. Security sources said more than 40 people were wounded in the heaviest fighting this month between troops loyal to Gen. Michel Aoun and militiamen of the Lebanese Forces. Those killed in the shelter were two families in al-Fanar district, which is held by Aoun forces.
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September 17, 2005 | From Associated Press
A powerful bomb exploded in a Christian neighborhood of East Beirut late Friday, killing at least one person and wounding 23, officials said. The bomb, detonated just before midnight, heavily damaged the balconies and facades of several buildings and destroyed at least two cars. Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi, commander of the Internal Security Forces, said the bomb had been placed in a bag hidden between two cars. The blast occurred several days before a U.N.
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August 12, 1986 | From Reuters
A key Christian official and nephew of President Amin Gemayel was wounded in continued intra-Christian fighting in East Beirut early Monday, newspapers and radios reported. The independent An Nahar newspaper said that Fuad abu Nader, a member of the Falangist Party politburo, was ambushed by gunmen on his way home from an emergency meeting called to end turmoil in Christian ranks.
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September 29, 1986 | Associated Press
Christian militia hard-liners crushed a comeback attempt by an ousted pro-Syrian commander Sunday in 24 hours of street battles in Christian East Beirut. Police said 62 people were killed and 198 wounded. Fighting began at dawn Saturday when about 600 supporters of Elie Hobeika, former commander of the Lebanese Forces Christian militia, stormed across Beirut's dividing Green Line from the Muslim western sector.
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November 12, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
A Christian suicide bomber today killed five people and injured 19, including several Christian Establishment leaders, when his pickup truck packed with 880 pounds of explosives blew up yards from a monastery used as a political headquarters in East Beirut. The truck exploded in a fireball outside St. George Monastery in the East Beirut suburb of Aukar, a few hundred yards from a U.S. Embassy building devastated by a car bomb Sept. 20, 1984.
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September 20, 1988 | Associated Press
A car bomb exploded today in Christian East Beirut, killing three people and wounding 25, and touching off a fire that destroyed dozens of cars, police and news reports said. Among those wounded was former Information Minister Joseph Skaff and three of his bodyguards. They were driving through the Dora district at the time of the 9 a.m. blast, officials said.
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April 22, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Ten Americans who had stayed in Muslim West Beirut despite the threat of kidnaping by Islamic extremists today fled to the relative quiet of the capital's Christian eastern sector under heavy guard. The Americans, some weeping, bid farewell to friends at a waterfront hotel where they had hidden since the killings last week of three Westerners and were escorted through sniper fire by pro-Libyan militiamen into East Beirut.
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February 5, 1990 | From Reuters
Under cover of tank and artillery fire, hundreds of Christian army troops led by Maj. Gen. Michel Aoun launched a new assault on a strategic Lebanese Forces militia barracks north of bloodied East Beirut on Sunday night. Security sources said that two hours after a daylong offensive, which Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said had been repelled, forces loyal to Aoun attacked the militia's main barracks at Dbaiye in a two-pronged assault.
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December 29, 2003 | Nicolai Ouroussoff, Times Staff Writer
Beirut Only a decade ago, it was impossible to think about this city without pain. Once known for its aura of sophistication, Beirut had been torn apart by Lebanon's calamitous 15-year civil war. Many of its streets were in ruins. The twinkling shoreline had become an enormous garbage dump, its scent wafting over the capital with the afternoon sea breeze.
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April 1, 2001 | HAMZA HENDAWI, ASSOCIATED PRESS
At 23, Dania Saadi looks the very picture of the new Beirut, a city struggling to rise from its 15-year civil war. She wears jeans and a sleeveless blouse and knows her way around the Web. She has come a long way from her school days dodging sniper bullets, but she says she still confronts almost daily the bitter sectarian divide and desperately wants to leave it behind. "It is still there, just below the surface," Saadi said.
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November 1, 1991 | MARILYN RASCHKA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The streets of Beirut, once torn by civil war, are peaceful again. But the civilians scarred by the war are tragically visible almost everywhere. Leila Saab is one of them. On July 29, 1986, the 42-year-old pharmacist was returning from her parents' home in East Beirut to her job at the American University Hospital in the city's western sector. Just the day before, a car rigged with 440 pounds of explosives had gone off not far from the Saabs' apartment, killing 33 people and wounding 126.
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November 25, 1990 | From Associated Press
The main Christian militia started withdrawing its heavy weapons from East Beirut on Saturday, removing the last major obstacle to President Elias Hrawi's demilitarization of the capital. The move by the Lebanese Forces militia was "the first phase in a 48-hour total withdrawal from East Beirut," a spokesman for the militia said. The pullout began five days after a Nov. 19 deadline set by Hrawi in his effort to create a militia-free zone in the so-called Greater Beirut area.
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November 24, 1990 | MARILYN RASCHKA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Lebanese Vespa salesman is smiling. He has already sold six motor scooters, and it's only early afternoon. The snarled traffic in front of his shop is a delight to his eyes. His sales pitch is music to the ears of his customers: "On this scooter you can get from here to the other side in 15 minutes. Vespas hardly use any gas. And these fenders--if someone opens a car door and hits you, you won't be hurt."
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November 23, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The hard-line Lebanese Forces Christian militia agreed Thursday to withdraw from East Beirut to allow the government to create a militia-free capital and reunite Beirut after 15 years of civil war. Druze and Shiite Muslim militias have already pulled out of districts they controlled in the combat-scarred city of 700,000 people.
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February 16, 1989 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, Times Staff Writer
Heavy fighting flared Wednesday in the Christian heartland of East Beirut, apparently the start of a long-expected showdown between the Lebanese army and the Christian militia. Lebanese officials said scores of people were killed in the fighting, which went on through the night. A report from West Beirut quoted a police official as saying that at least 40 people had been killed. An army spokesman acknowledged that the dead included seven military personnel.
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November 25, 1990 | From Associated Press
The main Christian militia started withdrawing its heavy weapons from East Beirut on Saturday, removing the last major obstacle to President Elias Hrawi's demilitarization of the capital. The move by the Lebanese Forces militia was "the first phase in a 48-hour total withdrawal from East Beirut," a spokesman for the militia said. The pullout began five days after a Nov. 19 deadline set by Hrawi in his effort to create a militia-free zone in the so-called Greater Beirut area.
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October 15, 1990 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the rubbled forecourt of Lebanon's presidential palace at Baabda, Syrian troops Sunday heated coffee over a fire fueled with shredded posters of fallen Christian strongman Michel Aoun. The flag of Damascus flew over the Lebanese Defense Ministry in nearby Yarze, and for the first time in 12 years, Syrian soldiers patrolled the streets of East Beirut, capital of the Christian heartland.
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July 17, 1990 | MARILYN RASCHKA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Mitterrand or Bush?" a Syrian intelligence officer asked the blonde woman waiting to cross the so-called Green Line that divides war-torn Beirut. French or American? The question implied that anything else would be unacceptable. "Bush," the woman replied, producing a smile, a salute and no further questions. But the next person in line, a Lebanese, was asked for his papers. There was no smile, no salute. His papers were carefully scrutinized.
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