Fears of renewed fighting in northern Lebanon have followed the funeral of Tony Franjieh, son of the former Lebanese President, Mr.
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Former President Suleiman Franjieh receives condolences, seated with clergy
GV Coffin carried through party of mourners outside church (3 shots)
GV Man hoisting black flag at roadside pole
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Background: Fears of renewed fighting in northern Lebanon have followed the funeral of Tony Franjieh, son of the former Lebanese President, Mr. Suleiman Franjieh. Grief stricken inhabitants of Zgharta have vowed to avenge the deaths of Franjieh and 32 other locals in a battle on Tuesday (13 June).
SYNOPSIS: Tony Franjieh, 36, himself a politician, was popular among the locals. He died with his wife and three-year-old daughter when their house was shelled in a battle between rival right-wing groups. As mourners gathered at the funeral, arab peace-keeping troops were checking a neighbouring village in an apparent search for the killers.
Former President Suleiman Franjieh led the procession, and later received mourners as they filed though the church. prime Minister Selim Al-Hoss represented President Elias Sarkis at the funeral. Locals said they would strike back at the 600 Falangists who mounted an attack on Franjieh supporters. Tony's younger brother Robert said reprisals could begin at any time. He said the Falangists had attacked because his family had quit an alliance of mainly Christian Rightist parties to improve relations with Lebanese Moslem groups.
Whereas previous clashes have been among Moslems and Christians, the bell in northern Lebanon now tolls over hostilities between rival bands of Christian Rightists.