Two rightist militia groups fought each other for four days in the Beirut suburb of Ain Rammaneh before the battle was stopped by a police action which ended on Wednesday (29 October).
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Background: Two rightist militia groups fought each other for four days in the Beirut suburb of Ain Rammaneh before the battle was stopped by a police action which ended on Wednesday (29 October). The clashes involved supporters of the National Liberation Party (NLP) and Falangists.
SYNOPSIS: The Lebanese Army sent a company of troops into the area on Monday (27 October), a day after the battle began, in the bid to subdue the opposing factions.
They were unsuccessful. Bit by Thursday (30 October), the victors of Ain Remmaneh -- the son of Falangist Party leader Pierre Gemayel -- were in control.
Mr. Gemayel calls the victory a triumph for law and order, and a "cleansing" of Ain Remmaneh. But the action undoubtedly has left the already scruffy suburb even less attractive. The object of the Falangists' distaste was Mr. Elias Hanuoush whose pro-NLP militiamen used these buildings as their headquarters.
For four days, the boom of artillery echoed through the Lebanese capital and the flash of shells lit up the sky as the two sides battled through the night with mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machineguns. By the end of the third night, the Falangist commandos had seized control of most NLP positions.
The NLP forces, known in Lebanese as the "Tigers", have had control of most of Ain Remmaneh since July. In that month, the Falangists crushed the Tigers -- their former allies in the 1975-76 civil war -- but some pockets of resistance remained under NLP control. the defeat left many NLP members with a bitter grudge against Mr. Bashir Gemayel.
The residents of Ain Remmaneh had seen similar fighting before this four-day battle. As soon as the first shots were fired, scores of them left their homes.
Now, they're beginning to return to their battered suburb, collecting debris, sweeping up dust and re-opening shops. Already in the past five years, they've been "liberated" several times and are beginning to show the fatigue of living in the confident knowledge that quite soon, they'll be "liberated" again. The NLP are now back in West Beirut under Syrian Army protection, after leaving behind four dead.