The SIEGE Of Tel Al-Zataar: The Hill Of THIRST

Living Through History

Nov 29 2023 • 6 mins

The siege of Tel al-Zaatar , alternatively known as the massacre of Tel al-Zaatar, was an armed siege of Tel al-Zaatar (meaning Hill of Thyme in Arabic), a fortified, UNRWA-administered refugee camp housing Palestinian refugees in northeastern Beirut, that ended on August 12, 1976 with the massacre of at least 1,500 people.] The siege began in January of 1976 with an attack by Christian Lebanese militias led by the Lebanese Front as part of a wider campaign to expel Palestinians, especially those affiliated with the opposing Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) from northern Beirut After five months, the siege turned into a full-scale military assault in June and ended with the massacre in August 1976.

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