In Lebanon, Christians took part in a peace march on Saturday (24 June) in the wake of recent fighting between rival groups in Northern Lebanon.
In Lebanon, Christians took part in a peace march on Saturday (24 June) in the wake of recent fighting between rival groups in Northern Lebanon. Thirty-three people were killed when right-wing gunmen carried out a raid on June 13 at the summer resort of Ihden. They included Tony Franjieh, 36-year-old son of former President Suleiman Franhieh.
SYNOPSIS: Patriarch Khreish (Lebanon's Senior Maronite Bishop) addressed the marchers before they set off from Bikirki, 25 kilometres north of Beirut, for the nearby village of Harisa.
The Patriarch condemned the recent killings, and wished the marchers success in their peace mission.
The Ihden raid took place on the same day that Israeli troops, who had invaded South Lebanon three months ago, finally withdrew under United Nations pressure. Observers say both events have raised emotional issues and fears of further bloodshed in the country.
The raid involved Falangists - by far the most powerful of Lebanon's many militia groups. The dawn attack by about 600 men followed a series of murders and reprisal killings by supporters of rival groups.
Supporters of Mr. Franjieh have vowed revenge and said the attack was the work of the Falangist Party. President Elias Sarkis has pledged to continue efforts towards unity amid fears of major fighting between rival rightists in the North. In a broadcast to the nation, he described these efforts as "a sacred duty". and added: "They will continue despite all obstacles".