Lebanon marks 40th anniversary of outbreak of civil war

2015-04-14 04:04:03 | Al Muslim News
Lebanon marks 40th anniversary of outbreak of civil war

 

Prominent Lebanese leaders on April 13 warned that the lessons of the civil war should not be forgotten, 40 years after the 15-year conflict began.
April 13, 1975 is generally considered the first day of Lebanon’s 15-year-long bloody civil war that 150,000 people died and tore the country apart.
A gathering took place in the Lebanese capital Beirut Monday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the start of the Lebanese civil war, under the slogan "Never again". Several leaders from all religious factions showed support at the event, reminding Lebanese people of the negative effects of a civil war. The civil war lasted 15 bloody years from 1975 to 1990. It claimed the lives of more than 150,000 people, hundreds of thousand as disabled and left another 17,000 missing.
The gathering was held in front of the national museum in Beirut which lies on the "green line". During the days of the war, this spot was partitioned along a Muslim-Christian line, also known as East and West Beirut.
Among them is Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, who acknowledged that his opinion on the conflict could not be considered “fair or objective.â€
“I was one of the factions driven by fanaticism and hatred,†he wrote on his social media post.
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, whose father Rafiq Hariri was a leading post-war premier who was assassinated in 2005, warned Lebanese citizens to ensure the conflict would not be repeated.
“Never again, we will never allow it to return,†Hariri said, warning that Lebanon should be protected from “the furnace of Arab wars.â€
“We cannot protect Lebanon if we do not stop surrounding fires from reaching it, or worse, if we keep throwing ourselves into their flames,†Hariri said.
Sectarian divides in Lebanon have also been aggravated by the conflict in neighboring Syria.
The Lebanon today is not very stable. The effects of the neighboring Syrian civil war and internal political & economical instability have brought renewed tension to Lebanon. However, religious leaders stressed the importance of the new generation not to follow in the path of a new war. People have come out to memorize the bloody days which once divided the Lebanese people. Regardless of all that's taking place in the country today, people have united here in Beirut promising to be united forever and ‘never again’ in war.

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