At least two people were killed and many others injured in Beirut, Lebanon on Monday (27 October) when fighting broke out between rival Christian militias.
GV Lebanese Falangist militia commander Bashir Gemayel and Falangist party leader Pierre Gemayel arriving at rally in Okaibeh, north Lebanon as supporters applaud.
SV Militia from Lebanese Forces group saluting as Pierre Gemayel walks past.
SV Pierre Gemayel waving to crowd and crowd applauding.
SV Sworddancers staging exhibition PAN TO man waving Lebanese flag.
SV Pierre Gemayel seated with other party officials watching.
CU Bashir Gemayel speaking in Arabic from rostrum.
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Background: At least two people were killed and many others injured in Beirut, Lebanon on Monday (27 October) when fighting broke out between rival Christian militias. The battles between opposing members of the National Liberal Party and the Falangist Party began in the eastern sector of the city on Sunday night (26 October). The fighting began just one day after a new Lebanese cabinet, was announced in a bid to end the bloodshed, and only hours after leaders of the powerful Falangist party called for "unification" at a rally in northern Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: Falangist party leader, Pierre Gemayel and his son, Bashir Gemayel, the commander of the right-wing Falangist forces, received a rousing reception when they arrived at the rally in Okaibeh, north Lebanon. The occasion was the swearing in of new members and the opening of a new party centre. Pierre Gemayel founded the Falange after a visit to Spain in 1937, and still heads what is now the biggest right-wing organisation in Lebanon.
The rally was held as Lebanon's new Prime Minister, Shafiq Al-Wazzan announced the formation of a 22 man cabinet which includes several members from outside Parliament who are close to the rival factions. Political sources said the new cabinet would word towards the establishment of a political climate in which representatives of the different paramilitary groupings could participate directly in the government.
The Falangist militia commander, Bashir Gemayel, told supporters that Lebanon was still under the "occupation" of Palestinian and Syrian troops. He called for the establishment of a new order which would ensure the interests of all Lebanese people. Mr. Gemayel said unification meant the agreement of all Lebanese to a political, economic and social system that facilitated and ensured the unity of the land. The right-wing forces leader said the union would be the result of a tacit and final agreement. The new Lebanese government ???ucceeds another headed by Selim al-Hoss, who resigned to help bring in a government capable of restoring peace to the divided country.