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    A man deeply involved in an incident which is believed to have triggered off the civil war in Lebanon, talked about his experience on the first anniversary of the incident.

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    A man deeply involved in an incident which is believed to have triggered off the civil war in Lebanon, talked about his experience on the first anniversary of the incident.

    M. Mustapha was the driver of a bus carrying Palestinian refugees through a Beirut suburb on 13 April, 1975, when it was attacked by right-wing Phalangist gunmen. 32 people aboard the bus were killed in the attack, and more were killed in the clashes that followed.

    The incident is believed to have led to the almost continuous violence between left-wing Moslem and Palestinian forces and the right-wing Christian Phalangist that has left Beirut a shattered city.

    Mustapha, who was one of the few people to survive the attack, said there were only civilians on board the bus when it drove through the Phalangist suburb of Ain Rumaneh. He said that although some of the people were carrying weapons, they did not have a chance to use them. He said he had taken the route which led through the Phalangist area by chance.

    Mustapha said the right-wing forces had started firing from both rooftops and street level.

    SYNOPSIS: A man deeply involved in an incident believed to have triggered off the Lebanese civil war, has spoken about his experience a year after the incident, in Beirut on Tuesday.

    M. Mustapha was the driver of a bus carrying Palestinian refugees through Beirut on 13 April last year when it was attacked by right-wing Phalangist gunmen.

    Thirty-two people on board the bus were killed in the attach, which occurred in the Phalangist suburb of Ain Rumaneh.

    Clashes between the right-wing Phalangists and Moslems and Palestinian forces which followed the attack gradually increased to the fierce battles which have left Beirut a shattered city. Thousands of people have been killed and wounded in the twelve months following the incident.

    Mustapha himself was wounded in the attack on the bus, but he was one of the lucky ones who escaped with their lives.

    He said all the people aboard the bus were civilians, and although some of them were armed, none had a chance to use their weapons.

    Mustapha said it was only by chance that he took a route that led him through the Phalangist-dominated suburb of Ain Rumaneh.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADAC9ZNK72UFWLF2XURZSCPCVU
    Media URN:
    VLVADAC9ZNK72UFWLF2XURZSCPCVU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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