A May Day (1 May) shelling in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, resulted in one person killed and seven others injured.
A May Day (1 May) shelling in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, resulted in one person killed and seven others injured. The Right-Wing Falangist Party accused Syrians of the Arab Deterrent Force for the attack.
SYNOPSIS: The shelling happened in a built-up suburban area, Ain el Rummaneh, in the south-eastern sector of Beirut. The Falangists accused the Arab Peacekeeping Deterrent Force of opening fire with tank guns and light weapons, without any justification. The attack damaged many shops and homes, reducing some to rubble.
On Wednesday (2 April) residents and businessmen checked damage to their properties, and began the task of clearing up. On May Day, when the attack occurred, right-wing Falangists were among those who held special rallies.
Observers said a May Day speech by a Falangist leader, Amin Gemayel, indicated a softer attitude toward the Lebanese government and a greater inclination toward cooperation with Syria.
However the attack may have changed that. The thirty-thousand strong Arab Deterrent Force was sent into in Lebanon in 1976 to keep peace between conservative Christian, leftist Muslim, and Palestinian guerrilla group. Originally the Force comprised troops from various Arab states...but some have since withdrawn. In the past two months, troops from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have completed their tours of duty, leaving only Syrians in the Force. Syria's Foreign Minister Abdel-Halim Khaddah was visiting Beirut when the attack happened.