The last centre of organised defiance of the Lebanese Government, the oli town of Tripoli, continued to resist against bombarding Government forces today.
G.V. Partizans Meeting.
S.T.V. Ditto around Emir Kajid.
S.T.V. Tribesmen around Emir Majid.
S.V. Ditto with rifles.
Initials FHH A.S./P.B.
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Background: The last centre of organised defiance of the Lebanese Government, the oli town of Tripoli, continued to resist against bombarding Government forces today. The situation there is unchanged.
The general situation today was unchanged. The Government, it is reported, is continuing to insist that any change of Government must come through the properly elected Parliament, and not through street pressure, which in any case is organised by Egypt.
However, when troubles began in the Lebanon, the opposition Druze leader Kamal Jomblat took to the mountains with his armed partizans to terrorize villages, dynamite bridges and so forth.
His strong opponent in the Druze community, Emir Majid Aralan (Member of Parliament and of the Cabinet) a prominent leader and "strong man", got together his own band of partizans and went on the trail of Jomblat and his man in the mountains. Two days ago they came to grips and the ensuing fracas resulted in about twelve casualties, Jomblat and his trouble makers were forced to retire towards their own region near the Syrian border.
With calm restored, the Druze sheiks met and conferred with Emir Magid in a bid to stop the bloodshed among brothers of the same Druze faith.
The result was that Emir Majid, who had already restored order in the region, decided to return to his palace eight miles south of Beirut, leaving the handling of the trouble makers, should they resumed their activities, to the army and gendamarie.