In Lebanon, a prominent right-wing politician narrowly escaped death on Sunday (13 May) when a land-mine exploded in front of his car.
In Lebanon, a prominent right-wing politician narrowly escaped death on Sunday (13 May) when a land-mine exploded in front of his car. Parliamentary Deputy, Amin Gemayel, son of the leader of the Falange Party, Pierre Gemayel, was only slightly injured in the blast, which was detonated by remote control. No-one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
SYNOPSIS: Right-wing militiamen stood on guard in the street outside Beirut's Abou Jawdeh Hospital where Mr. Gemayel was taken after the blast. The explosion occurred on a mountain road north-east of the city, when Mr. Gemayel had been driving towards Al-Zalka to unveil a statue to a Falangist militiaman who had been killed in the recent fighting in Lebanon.
Among the relatives around Mr. Gemayel's bedside were his brother Bechir, a commander of the Rightist militia, and his wife who was slightly injured in the explosion. His two children had also been in the car but escaped unhurt. The incident came on the eve of Lebanese-Syrian summit talks in Damascus aimed at restoring peace in Lebanon which has been torn by fighting between Israelis and Palestinians and by inter-party feuding. Falangist militiamen were involved in heavy fighting against Syrian troops last year and more recently in a series of clashed with other right-wing groups.