March 19, 1989 |
Christian-led army troops and pro-Syrian Muslim militiamen battled with tanks and artillery Saturday on the fifth consecutive day of sectarian fighting that has left at least 50 dead and 155 wounded, security sources said. The latest flare-up came a day after a car bomb exploded in front of a crowded East Beirut bakery near the British Consulate, killing 15 people and wounding at least 140. Security sources said army troops commanded by Gen.
February 18, 1989 |
U.S. Army helicopters evacuated about a dozen of the 37 Americans at the U.S. Embassy in East Beirut on Friday during a lull in three days of heavy fighting for control of the area near the embassy. As the Americans were flown to Cyprus, the Lebanese army and Christian militiamen fought scattered battles, but a fragile cease-fire appeared to hold in most of East Beirut, where the fighting has killed 60 people.
February 17, 1989 |
U.S. Army helicopters airlifted over a dozen American Embassy personnel from Beirut to Cyprus today to avoid danger from fighting in Lebanon's embattled capital, U.S. defense officials said. The officials said about 25 workers remained on duty in the embassy after the other U.S. personnel were flown about 150 miles to the Mediterranean island in Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters at the State Department's request. Later, State Department spokesman Charles E.
February 16, 1989 |
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.
February 15, 1989 |
Lebanese army troops and hard-line militiamen fought their bloodiest battles in two years for control of Lebanon's Christian areas today, killing at least 28 people and wounding 60. Separated by just yards in places, the two mainly Christian groups used tanks and artillery through the day, driving residents into hiding, leaving casualties lying helpless in the streets and setting buildings on fire.
January 31, 1989 |
A car bomb exploded in Christian East Beirut on Monday, killing three people, wounding 17 others and spraying shrapnel into the motorcade of a senior Christian official who escaped unharmed, police said. The blast occurred as George Saadeh, the head of the Falangist Party, Lebanon's main Christian organization, was riding by in his bullet-proof car. Saadeh's car and his two-vehicle escort were hit by flying shrapnel but he was unharmed, police said.
September 20, 1988 |
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.
June 3, 1988 |
U.S. Ambassador John H. Kelly escaped unharmed on Thursday when his motorcade came under fire along a street jammed with midday traffic in Christian East Beirut. One bullet hit the hood of the armored limousine carrying the 48-year-old Kelly, but no one in the ambassador's three-car motorcade was hurt, according to police. The State Department, however, ruled out the possibility that Kelly was ambushed as part of an assassination plot. U.S.
February 2, 1988 |
Three gunmen today shot and killed a French secret service agent as he drove his car through an intersection during the noon rush hour in Christian East Beirut. Police said Jacques Meurant, 27, was driving in the Dora neighborhood when the unidentified gunmen intercepted him and opened fire, making Meurant the fifth French national to be killed in Christian Lebanese areas in more than a year.