Druse militants massacre thousands of Christians in Damascus
Conflict between Druse and Christians had flared for weeks and Christians had been massacred all over Lebanon and Syria. With the suspected collusion of Turkish authorities, violence against Christians spread to Damascus where thousands of men, women, and children, including Europeans, were killed. This slaughter brought threatened French and British intervention and the Turkish Government then quickly restored order. (By John Osborne)
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Charles Henry Churchill, The Druzes and the Maronites under the Turkish rule from 1840 to 1860 (London: Bernard Quaritch, 1862), 207-210.