INTRODUCTION: In Lebanon, the Christian community celebrated the beginning of Holy week on Palm Sunday (12 April) amid the ruins of their shattered city.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Lebanon, the Christian community celebrated the beginning of Holy week on Palm Sunday (12 April) amid the ruins of their shattered city. The fragile ceasefire which had held for three days despite minor violations allowed the Christian population to go to church to pray for their dead following the recent heavy fighting.
SYNOPSIS: Nearly 300 people are reported to have been killed and about a thousand wounded in the recent heavy bombardment of the predominantly Christian East Beirut and the town of Zahle, 48 kilometres (30 miles) east of the capital. It was the worst punishment the Christians have suffered for three years. On Sunday all the Christian churches resounded with prayers for peace and for the dead on the occasion of Palm Sunday -- the day Christians celebrate Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem -- but few Lebanese Christians were feeling joyful.
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In view of the tense situation the traditional Palm Sunday march was cancelled. Some of the heaviest casualties in this month's violence have occurred in the battle for Zahle, a strategic city, now besieged by All-Syrian Arab Deterrent Force (ADF). For the locals of Zahle, Easter could mark the end of their autonomy.