September 8, 1989 |
The wife of missing Briton Jack Mann, a World War II fighter pilot, said today she had been told he died and that she believed the report to be true. Mann, 75, disappeared May 12 as he drove to a bank in Syrian-policed Muslim West Beirut. None of Lebanon's kidnap groups has specifically identified him as a hostage. But a previously unknown faction, the Cells of Armed Struggle, claimed that it kidnaped an unidentified Briton in Beirut the day Mann disappeared.
August 31, 1989 |
A French envoy on a Lebanon peace mission dodged shells when artillery duels erupted in Beirut on Wednesday while he was talking with Muslim leaders. Braving gunfire on his way to Muslim West Beirut, envoy Francois Scheer was later forced to hold the talks in a corridor as shells crashed around the house where he was meeting with a Muslim religious authority.
August 17, 1989 |
The Christian commander of Lebanon's army welcomed a U.N. call to halt increasingly fierce fighting in Lebanon, but there was no official word Wednesday from Syrian-backed Muslim forces, who have ringed Christian territory with guns and armor. Fierce shelling erupted Wednesday across the so-called Green Line that divides Beirut, Lebanon's capital, into Muslim and Christian sectors, after a short period of relative calm.
July 14, 1989
A tanker carrying desperately needed fuel for Lebanon's besieged Christians broke through a Syrian blockade, sparking heavy artillery battles in Beirut. Police reported three people killed and 10 wounded in shelling duels that raged for hours, further undermining cease-fire efforts by Arab League envoys. Police said the tanker docked at the port of Byblos, 19 miles north of Beirut, triggering a fierce Syrian bombardment as it begun unloading its cargo.
June 9, 1989 |
Two bombs exploded in the main seaside boulevard of Muslim West Beirut only seconds apart today. Three people were reported killed and four wounded. The blasts shook the Syrian-controlled area in the midmorning as Syrian gunners in the same coastal district opened artillery fire on Christian areas. The attacks have become a daily ritual aimed at preventing Christian units of the Lebanese army from receiving military supplies by sea. No one claimed responsibility for this morning's bomb blasts.
June 6, 1989 |
The drum-like thud of some 50,000 Shiite Muslim mourners beating their chests reverberated in Beirut on Monday as they marched in a symbolic funeral for the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. "The glory of Islam has gone. Our back is broken now. . . . Our enemies are rejoicing. We have become orphans," said a sobbing Shiite Muslim cleric in the procession led by white-turbaned clergymen and hundreds of heavily armed gunmen and Iranian Revolutionary Guards. "We cry not with tears but with blood!"