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Conflict Incident Report

Dispute between Kataeb security members and a car passenger

Associated Timeline/Case: 
The Two-Year War | February, 1975 to December, 1976
Date of incident: 
April 13, 1975
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
1 person
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Kataeb Party
Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP)

Around 11 a.m., in Ain al-Remmaneh, a Christian-populated neighborhood in East Beirut, a fight took place between Kataeb security members who were deployed as their leader, Pierre Gemayel, was attending a church consecration ceremony, and the passenger of a car with a covered license plate, who turned out to be a Lebanese man belonging to the Palestinian Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP). (The latter was injured and later taken to hospital). A few minutes later, two cars with covered license plates drove by the church, and its passengers fired shots toward the entrance as people attending mass were walking out. They killed three civilians and Gemayel’s bodyguard.

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