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Shekka massacre

The Shekka (Chekka) massacre of Christians occurred on July 5, 1976, by Syrian, Fatah "Palestinian"[1][2] Muslims,[3] radical Muslim members of a group called Jund Allah, (meaning: "Allah's soldiers"[4]) from Tripoli, with help of feftists Lebanese[5] LMM.

The onslaught included[6] both villages: Chekka [شكا] and Hamat [حامات]. Resulting in over 200 deaths.[5][7]

From testimony:[8]

I was the first one to enter Shekka, and I saw what they did. In one small kitchen three women were murdered and a small boy killed with a bullet in the head. They then threw the boy from the window. I buried them. Not one journalist was there, no media, nothing.

Journalist Samir Kassir described Chekka’s massacre as a large military operation which was disturbed by dangerous violations and mass killings on which an Islamic group from Tripoli "Jund Allah" was responsible.[9] Kassir was assassinated in 2005, one of several anti-Syrian Lebanese figures killed following Hariri’s assassination. Syria is widely believed to have been involved in the killings.[10] (There is a foundation focusing on free press, honoring his name.[11])

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  1. Mordechai Nisan (2004) "The Conscience of Lebanon: A Political Biography of Etienne Sakr (Abu-Arz)." p. 158
  2. Claude Hajjar, Chronology of crimes
    July 5th, 1976 – The Syrians and Palestinians attacked the village of Shekka, in North Lebanon, to commit Genocide of 95 civilians. Hundreds of others got killed and injured before and after that tragic date. Women, children and elderly were slaughtered, decapitated in cold blood and burnt alive.
  3. G. Prepared Statement by Colonel Sharbel Barakat: Religious Persecution in the Middle East: Faces of the Persecuted: Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifth Congress, First Session, May 1 and June 10, 1997, Vol. 4. U. S. Government Staff, United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations. Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs,U.S. Government Printing Office, 1998, p.119 ; Senate Hearing: Barakat

    Since 1975, about 150,000 Christians were killed during the war. Thousands of Lebanese Muslims died as well. Entire Christian villages were erased and their populations were ethnically cleansed.  In Damur (south of Beirut), for example, a thousand Christian civilians were killed while the armed bands shouted "Allahu Akbar" and "Jihad" (Holy war slogans) Churches were burned down by dozens. An account of the horrors is too long to include in this testimony.

    Here are few examples of massacres: 1975: Belt Mellat, Deir Eshash Tall Abbas (north Lebanon), Damur (Mount Lebanon) 1976: Chekka (north Lebanon), Qaa, Terbol (Bekaa valley) 1977: Aishye (south Lebanon), Maaser el-Shuf (Shuf Mountain) 1978: Ras Baalbeck, Shleefa (Bekaa valley) 1983: Major massacres in Aley, and the Shuf mountains. Ia addition to the 241 U.S. Marines and 78 French paratroopers savagely assassinated by Hizbollah 1984: Iqlim el-Kharrub (Mourn Lebanon) 1985: East Sidon (South Lebanon)

    1990: Matn district
  4. Colin Legum, "Africa Contemporary Record: Annual Survey and Documents," 1979, p.37
  5. 5.0 5.1 Christians in Northern Lebanon Report Repulse of Leftist Attack, The New York Times, July 7, 1976, Page 3.

    BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 6 (AP)—Heavy fighting was reported in northern Lebanon today, with Lebanese Christians asserting that they had beaten back an assault by Lebanese leftists and their Palestinian allies into Christian-held areas.

    Figures compiled from hospitals and security sources indicated that more than 200 people were killed in the last 24 hours.

    Palestinians charged that troops of Syria's expeditionary force in Lebanon were helping the Christians in a counterattack.
  6. Lefèvre, Raphaël. Jihad in the City: Militant Islam and Contentious Politics in Tripoli. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2021, p. 84.
  7. The Chekka Massacre (July 1976) where hundreds of civilians were brutally massacred
  8. Meeting Abu Arz, posted by M. Paraipan, Nov 6, 2007.
  9. Jamil Doaihi (PhD), Afkar Ightirabiah, 2015, "Ehdenian battles."
  10. Dangerous truths: Avoiding the ghosts of the past, France 24, Aug 2, 2010.
    In Lebanon, a conflict-ridden country laced with internal tensions, confronting the past is a tricky business, as the latest crisis over a UN investigation into the killing of a former premier has revealed...

    Her husband, the eminent Lebanese journalist Samir Kassir, was killed on June 2, 2005, just months after the Feb. 14 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, whose death sparked massive political change in Lebanon, including a series of demonstrations - popular known as the Cedar Revolution - and the withdrawal of Syrian troops from the country.

    Kassir was one of several anti-Syrian Lebanese figures killed following Hariri’s assassination. Syria is widely believed to have been involved in the killings although Damascus has consistently denied any involvement.
  11. Prominent Hezbollah critic fatally shot in Lebanon, spreading panic among the group’s detractors, Washington Post, 4, 2021