In Lebanon, a prominent right-wing politician narrowly escaped death on Sunday (13 May) when a land-mine exploded in front of his car.
GV Street scenes outside Abou Jawdeh Hospital in Beirut with militiamen on duty and entrance to hospital (2 shots)
GV Street with armed militiamen on duty and SV militiamen in jeep (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR People outside ward
SV PAN Relatives inward around bed with Amin Gemayel in bed with bandage over part of face, his brother Bechir Gemayel standing to right of bed and Gemayel's wife standing on left of bed (2 shots)
Falangist leader, Pierre Gemayel and Mr. Amin Gemayel appealed for calm and restraint among their supporters after the attack. Lebanese Prime Minister, Selim Al-Hoss also announced that he deplored the incident. Despite appeals for calm, Beirut Radio reported increasing tension in Christian districts of Beirut. Assassination of Lebanese politicians in the past has invariably provoked clashes between the various supporters of right and left-wing groups.
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Background: 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.