Black Saturday (Lebanon)
Black Saturday (Arabic: السبت الأسود) was the massacre of about 300 Lebanese Muslims and Druze in Beirut by Phalangists on Saturday December 6th, 1975, in the first outbreak of ethnic cleansing of the Lebanese Civil War.[2][3][4] It set a precedent for later outbreaks such as the Battle of the Hotels, the Karantina massacre and the Damour massacre.[4]
Black Saturday Massacre
Part of the Lebanese Civil War
LocationBeirut, Lebanon
33°44′N 35°27′E
DateDecember 06, 1975 (ccKi)
TargetLebanese Muslims, Druze and Palestinians in Lebanon
Attack type
Kataeb Party
The killings were led by Joseph Saade, a Phalangist whose son was killed in Fanar earlier that day, when four young Christian Phalangists (Kataeb) were assassinated by Muslims on the Fanar road in Lebanon.[5]
The massacre set Beirut ablaze, and accelerated the civil war.[2]
  1. ^ Lebanese Civil War 6 December 1975 Saturday. Website liberty05. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b Tamimova, May (2018). "The Black Saturday Massacre of 1975: the discomfort of assembling the Lebanese civil war narrative". Contemporary Levant. 3 (2): 123–136. doi​:​10.1080/20581831.2018.1531531​.
  3. ^ "Lebanon - The Early Stages of Combat". www.country-data.com. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  4. ^ a b May Tamimova (2018) The Black Saturday Massacre of 1975: the discomfort of assembling the Lebanese civil war narrative, Contemporary Levant, 3:2, 123-136, DOI: 10.1080/20581831.2018.1531531
  5. ^ Venter, Al J. (19 October 2010). Barrel of a Gun: A War Correspondent's Misspent Moments in Combat. Casemate. ISBN 978-1-61200-032-9.
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