August 5, 1990 |
Two gunmen armed with silencer-equipped pistols on Saturday killed an official of terrorist mastermind Abu Nidal's Palestinian faction in a southern Lebanon refugee camp, police said. A police spokesman said the gunmen shot Abdul Fattah Aziz, known by the code name Kifah Ghalib, shortly after midnight at the refugee camp. Abu Nidal broke away from Yasser Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization in 1973 and set up the Fatah Revolutionary Council. It has bases in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Lebanon.
June 16, 1990 |
Masked gunmen killed a high-ranking Palestinian official inside a Palestinian refugee camp at Tyre in southern Lebanon, security sources said. The sources said gunmen wearing hoods over their heads fired at Ahmed Selim Draz, a senior official of Fatah, the mainstream faction of Yasser Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization. Following Draz's slaying, fighting broke out inside the camp between fighters of various Palestinian factions, the sources said.
March 29, 1990 |
An American missionary who ran a home for handicapped children in southern Lebanon has been shot and killed by masked men, officials reported Wednesday. The victim, a fundamentalist Christian layman, was identified as William Robinson, 56, who reportedly came to the Middle East seven years ago from the Chicago area.
March 9, 1990 |
Israeli troops killed five Islamic fundamentalist guerrillas in a fierce three-hour firefight Thursday in Israel's self-declared security zone in southern Lebanon, an Israeli army spokesman said. The spokesman told army radio in Jerusalem that an Israeli patrol encountered a guerrilla squad near the Zemraya crossing, killing all its members. "We believe that the terrorists belonged to the Hezbollah (Party of God)," Maj. Gen. Yossi Peled, head of the northern command, told Israel Army Radio.
March 2, 1990 |
Rival Christians fought from house to house for control of East Beirut on Thursday, killing 70 people in close-quarter fighting waged with tanks, artillery, rockets and mortars. Security sources said the dead included 30 civilians. About 150 people were wounded. The fighting set the main Dora commercial district ablaze, and Voice of Lebanon radio pleaded for firefighters to tackle a huge fire raging there, threatening Lebanon's main fuel depot. Security sources said that troops of Maj. Gen.
February 3, 1990 |
Attacking behind a creeping wall of heavy artillery fire, soldiers loyal to Maj. Gen. Michel Aoun pushed Friday toward the headquarters of the defiant Lebanese Forces militia in East Beirut, Christians against Christians in a bloody conflict unchecked by appeals for truce. "Have mercy on people," pleaded Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir, primate of Lebanon's Maronite Christians, in a message to the renegade general and militia commander Samir Geagea. "Their lives and their property are not yours.
February 1, 1990 |
Political antipathy between Lebanon's main Christian forces broke into open warfare Wednesday as Maj. Gen. Michel Aoun pressed his demand for total allegiance. Police said at least 35 people were killed, including seven civilians, and 85 wounded. Troops of Aoun's Lebanese Army brigades, backed by tanks, recoilless rifles and mortars, surrounded barracks of the rival Lebanese Forces militia in the suburbs of East Beirut and seized a building holding a militia research organization.
December 25, 1989 |
Syrian and Iranian efforts failed Sunday to curb a new wave of violence that erupted between two rival Muslim Shiite Lebanese groups, killing at least 25 people and wounding 100 others, security sources said. Sources said fierce battles between the Syrian-backed Amal militia and the Iranian-supported Hezbollah, or Party of God, broke out anew Sunday morning in the south after a short lull that followed a cease-fire announced by Hezbollah late Saturday.
August 10, 1989 |
The Bush Administration, despite its stated policy of refusing to negotiate with terrorists, signaled Wednesday that it is prepared to deal--even with terrorists--if that will help secure the return of eight American hostages held in Lebanon.
August 3, 1989 |
In a dramatic test of new Soviet-American contacts aimed at combatting terrorism, the United States has asked the Kremlin for its help in determining the status of American and other Western hostages held by militant Muslims in Lebanon, informed sources said here Wednesday. The request, which follows the reported killing of an American hostage Monday and a threat to kill another one today, was made at a hastily called meeting Wednesday between Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A.