A Tale of Two Villages

Christian and Druze, united by geography, divided by hate

Some of the bloodiest fighting in the hills above Beirut has taken place between two neighboring villages, one Christian, one Druze. Like a Middle East version of the Hatfields and McCoys, the inhabitants of each town see their neighbors as mortal enemies, even though they live only a few hundred yards apart. TIME Correspondent Roberto Suro visited the two Aley-region villages just before the latest clashes erupted. His report:

On the narrow, winding road to the Druze village of Aytat, cars are frantically waved to...

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