The right wing Lebanese Falangist party has said a campaign of revenge could follow a bomb explosion at its headquarters in east Beirut on Monday (3 January) night which killed 35 people.
GV Debris and wrecked cars in street
GV Hole in road and wrecked buildings
SV Burned out doorway to building and rubble in street (3 shots)
SV Hole in street
SV Part of body among rubble in street
GV Debris and damaged cars (11 shots)
Dr. Raphael, the head of the Falangist Corps of Engineering, said the bomb exploded only an hour after a memorial service for the father of a Falangist Politburo member in a church some 60 yards (metres) away. There were about 400 people at the service including most of the Falangist Politburo and party leader Pierre Gemayel. The convoy of cars used the road where the bomb was planted.
Fighting in most parts of Lebanon stopped when Syrian troops of the peace force, acting under an Arab League mandate, moved into the main battle zones on November 15 and separated the combatants. Sporadic fighting has however continued in southern Lebanon where the peacekeepers have not yet been deployed.
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Background: The right wing Lebanese Falangist party has said a campaign of revenge could follow a bomb explosion at its headquarters in east Beirut on Monday (3 January) night which killed 35 people. The explosion was the worst single act of violence since most fighting in the civil war ended on November the 15th.
SYNOPSIS: The bomb damaged five buildings near the Falangist party headquarters and wrecked 17 cars. The explosion left a hole eight feet (2.5 metres) deep in the road and broke window 500 yards (metres) away. Dr. Michael Raphael, head of the Falangist Corps of Engineering, said the bomb was made mostly of plastic explosives and had the force of 770 pounds (350 kgs) of TNT. It caused total destruction within a radius of 50 yards (metres) Apart from the 35 dead, about 150 people were injured. 85 ware still in hospital on Tuesday.)
A month ago three people were killed by a car bomb planted near the home of leftist leader Kamal Jumblatt in Moslem western Beirut. Monday's explosion and deaths caused a strike in Christian east Beirut. Most shops and all schools closed and main roads leading to west Beirut were blocked by burning tyres. The Falangists have blamed the car bomb on subversive elements trying to maintain an atmosphere of terror to maintain an atmosphere of terror but they have not publicly identified whom they suspect. A spokesman for their opponents, the Palestine Liberation Organisation, has deplored all subversive activities causing innocent victims.