Lebanon: Fears of Sectarian Warfare

Supported by Syria, the Druze violently challenge Gemayel

Dawn was breaking when the first barrage of rockets and mortars crashed into the small town of Kafr Matta, about ten miles southeast of Beirut, in Lebanon's Chouf mountains. Although the area had been the scene of fighting for ten months as Druze and Christian militiamen battled for control of the strategic region, this time the target was different and the implications for Lebanon's future far graver. The attack was the first salvo in a new challenge to President Amin Gemayel's fragile government.


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