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Conflict Incident Report

Black Saturday (continued)

Associated Timeline/Case: 
The Two-Year War | February, 1975 to December, 1976
Date of incident: 
December 6, 1975
Death toll: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Kataeb Party

In response to this killing, Kataeb members set up checkpoints in the port district in East Beirut, which was in the vicinity of the group’s headquarters. They proceeded to kill and abduct unarmed Lebanese Muslims or Palestinians, most of whom worked at the port. One of the perpetrators, the father of one of the boys who was found killed the previous day, reported that they would kidnap Muslims from the streets or their homes, and if the ISF saw them, they would look the other way. He also described how they kidnapped and then killed Palestinians and threw the bodies in a garbage dump in the Tahwita area of Beirut. Other Palestinians were detained and tortured through such means as extracting their teeth. It is reported that between 56 and 70 civilians in East Beirut were summarily executed; the fate of 300 others who were kidnapped remains unknown.

Primary category: 
Hostage Taking Situation [inc. attempt, release]
Secondary Category: 
Cruel Treatment and Torture