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Druse militants massacre hundreds of Maronite Christians in Lebanon

Middle East, 1866, zoomable map
06/19/1860 to 06/20/1860
At Deir-al-Qumar in present day south-central Lebanon, militant Druse peasants massacred large numbers of male Maronite Christians. Confict between Druse and Christians had been flaring for weeks, with clashes in Beirut and surrounding areas.  Western observers counted around 1,200 in Deir-el-Qumar.  By July, violence had spread to Damascus where thousands more Christians were killed, including Europeans.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Joseph Irving, The Annals of Our Times .... (London: MacMillan and Company, 1869), 420. 
Charles Henry Churchill, The Druzes and the Maronites under the Turkish rule from 1840 to 1860 (London: Bernard Quaritch, 1862), 188-190.


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