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Conflict Incident Report

Forced displacements

Associated Timeline/Case: 
The Two-Year War | February, 1975 to December, 1976
Date of incident: 
December 11, 1975 to December 22, 1975
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Kataeb Party
National Liberal Party (NLP)

Subsequent developments show that Christian militias’ military actions were designed to displace civilians and homogenize the populations between Christian-dominated and Muslim-Palestinian dominated areas. In East Beirut and its suburbs, Palestinian militias were controlling the camps of Tel al-Zaatar (close to the industrial and residential Christian-populated areas of Mkalles and Dekwaneh) and Jisr al-Basha (close to the Christian residential area of Hazmieh); those areas along with Nabaa, Karantina/Maslakh, encircled East Beirut (Ashrafieh, Badaro, Furn al-Chebbak, Ain al-Remmaneh). Over the previous years, these militias had been blocking main arteries in the area, cutting off civilian and military communications and movement; moreover Christian residents of Dekwaneh and Mkalles, endured daily atrocities including abductions, murders, theft, and rape, which prompted them to leave for safer places

Primary category: 
Forced Displacement of Population