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Conflict Incident Report

Attack on Maslakh-Karantina camp

Associated Timeline/Case: 
The Two-Year War | February, 1975 to December, 1976
Date of incident: 
January 18, 1976
Death toll: 
1 000persons
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Kataeb Party
National Liberal Party (NLP)

The Kataeb and PNL militias launched an attack on the Maslakh-Karantina area, bombing it with mortar shells. About 30,000 people inhabited the camp, including 13,000 Lebanese Shi’as, as well as Palestinian, Armenian, and Kurd refugees, besides the Palestinian armed groups. On January 19, they raided the area, going from house to house, shooting those who tried to escape. The number of casualties varies according to different sources; from 600 to 1,000 to 1,500. A number of survivors reportedly said that the Palestinian fighters in the camp were preventing noncombatants from escaping. At least 20,000 civilians were evacuated towards Tel al-Zaatar, Nabaa and West Beirut.

Primary category: 
Secondary Category: 
Forced Displacement of Population