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Thursday, September 16, 1982. :   Over 1000 Palestinian refugees are massacred by Lebanese Maronite Christians.

     Between 1975 and 1990, civil war raged in Lebanon between groups which allied themselves with neighbouring countries. The Lebanese Maronite Christians, led by the Phalangist party and militia, were allied with Syria, then with Israel. Palestinians and Shiites from the south fleeing the war, found refuge in the neighbouring areas of Sabra and Shatila, in the southern outskirts of West Beirut.

On 16 September 1982, Lebanese Maronite Christian militias in then-Israeli-occupied Beirut stormed into the Palestinian refugee camps in Sabra and Shatila. An undetermined number of refugees were killed, but estimates range between 850 and 3,500, with entire families being wiped out. In 1983, an Israeli judicial inquiry report into the massacre condemned the Israeli Government's role for failing to prevent the bloodshed.

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Thought For Today
Remember the covenant you made with us. There is violence in every dark corner of the land.
Psalms 74:20 (c) GNB
God has promised to protect and deliver the afflicted who live according to His ways. When things look hopeless - hang on to your faith.

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