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Armed Struggle and the Search for StateThe Palestinian National Movement, 1949-1993$
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Yezid Sayigh

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296430

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296430.001.0001

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No Lull before the Storm

No Lull before the Storm

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(p.495) 21 No Lull before the Storm
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Armed Struggle and the Search for State
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Yezid Sayigh

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296430.003.0022

The violence in Lebanon had not ceased since the Israeli invasion of March 1978. A large ground attack on guerrilla positions near Ayshiyya on 19 January 1979 marked a sharp rise in offensive action. A Lebanese army battalion deploying in the UNIFIL zone was shelled by the Israeli-backed SLA, which responded to the attempt to restore government authority by declaring the establishment of the Republic of Free Lebanon in the border zone on 18 April. This moreover coincided with the degeneration of Syrian-Maronite tensions into open battles. From this point onwards the SLA attacked Lebanese villages under UNIFIL protection, while the Israeli air force stepped up its activity with raids on the Nahr al-Barid and Baddawi refugee camps in the north and the village of Aqbiyya in the south on 6–8 May.

Keywords:   Lebanon, guerrilla, Ayshiyya, UNIFIL zone, SLA

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