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Conflict Incident Report

Siege of Jiyeh and Damour begins

Associated Timeline/Case: 
The Two-Year War | February, 1975 to December, 1976
Date of incident: 
January 9, 1976
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO)
National Movement (NM)

On January 9, 1976, five days after the siege of the Palestinian camps had begun, Palestinian armed groups laid siege to the two Christian towns of Damour and Jiyeh, located on the southern coastal road between Beirut and Saida, an area under the control of the PLO and NM. Militias cut off access to water, supplies, and electricity, and stopped the Lebanese Red Cross from entering to evacuate people wounded from the shelling assaults.

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