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Conflict Incident Report

Christian-Muslim clash in Zahle

Associated Timeline/Case: 
The Two-Year War | February, 1975 to December, 1976
Date of incident: 
August 24, 1975
Death toll: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF)
As-Saiqa (Vanguard of the Popular Liberation War)

In Zahleh, a Syrian man was killed, and his companions from the neighboring town of Saadnayel were wounded. During that time, a fight broke out between a group of Shi`a living in the suburbs of Zahleh with As-Sa`iqa commandos against a Lebanese Army unit. This turned into a Muslim-Christian clash, during which identity-based abductions and killings took place, and heavy machine guns and rockets were used. In total, 26 people were killed that day.