Lebanese Army Commander Jean Njeim, who was killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday, was buried with full military honours in Beirut today.
Lebanese Army Commander Jean Njeim, who was killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday, was buried with full military honours in Beirut today. Thousands of mourners lined the route of the cartage as it wound its way through the city. General Njeim died of injuries following the crash which officials say was caused by engine trouble.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of mourners lined the streets of Beirut to witness the funeral procession of the Lebanese Army Commander, Major-General Jean Njeim.
The general died of injuries received when his helicopter crashed last Saturday. The military pilot was injured.
General Njeim's body was carried through the streets of Beirut on a gun carriage. Many members of the large crowd which lined the roadway wept openly.
The General's death occurred when his helicopter crashed while flying back to Beirut from President Suleiman Franjieh's summer residence in Ehden. Officials said the crash was caused by engine trouble.
General Njeim was appoints army commander on January 7, 1970. Born in 1915, he graduated from the HOMS (Syria) Military Academy in 1935. After the creation of the Lebanese Army in 1945, he was made commander of the Lebanese Military Academy. From 1946 to 1962, General Njeim served in the intelligence corps. In 1962 he was given control of the Bekaa Region. Shortly before the funeral, it was announced that Reserve Brigadier Iskandar Ghanem, the present head of the Lebanese Academy, would be called out of retirement to take over as head of the army.