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Monday, December 31, 2007

2007 Remembered

Another difficult year for Lebanon has come and gone and as we lay 2007 to rest I thought it may be meaningful to look back at some of the events that shook the country.

A lot of the referencing has been done courtesy of Abu Kais and Blacksmith Jade, I hope you guys don't mind.

Please feel free to leave a comment reminding me of any events that I may have missed and to correct any dating errors.

Hopefully we get a better 2008!

January 23, 2007
Opposition alliance (March 8) riots

January 25, 2007
Pro-government and Pro-opposition supporters clash in Beirut. Several killed.

Donors pledge 7.6 billion dollars to Lebanon to aid in July war reconstruction.

Feb 8, 2007:
Lebanese and Israeli Armies Clash on Border (see here and here)

Feb 13, 2007:
Ain Alaq Bombings

Feb 14, 2007:
March 14 Alliance Commemorates Hariri, Large Demonstration, Speeches

April 27, 2007:
Ziad Qabalan (24) and Ziad Ghandour (12) found dead near Jadra. The two youths were murdered. The killers have yet to be apprehended.

May 20, 2007:
Explosion in Ashrafieh , casualties reported.

May 21,2007:
Explosion in Verdun

May 22,2007:
Fighting continues in Nahr-el-Bared

May 23, 2007:
Explosion in Aley

May 30, 2007:
UNSC 1757 is born.

June 2, 2007:
Clashes continue in Nahr-el-Bared

June 4, 2007:
Explosion in Zouk industrial area

June 13, 2007:
Walid Eido assasinated. Many killed.

June 20, 2007:
Syria closes border crossing with Lebanon.

June 24, 2007:
Unifil targeted in road-side bombing. 6 peacekeepers killed.

June 29, 2007:
Fighting continues in Nahr-el-Bared.

July 16, 2007
Unifil targeted again

August 6, 2007
Aoun candidate victorious in Metn by-elections

August 25, 2007
Fighting continues in Nahr-el-Bared. Families of "militants" evacuated.

September 3, 2007
Army declares victory in Nahr-el-Bared. 163 Lebanese soldiers fall.

September 10, 2007
Shaker El Abssi confirmed to have fled
September 19, 2007
Antoine Ghanem assassinated. Many casualties reported.

October 2, 2007
Fires rage all over Lebanon. Arson suspected.

October 25, 2007
Fires return.

November 22, 2007
"Independence" Day

November 23, 2007
Lahoud's term ends. Lahoud leaves Baabda.

December 12, 2007
Brigadier General Francois Hajj assassinated. Hajj had been strong contender to replace Michel Sleiman in top army position.

December 29, 2007
Lebanese presidential election postponed for eleventh time.


Blacksmith Jade said...

Hey R,

Go right ahead! Hope you're staying safe with all the crap going on.

R said...

Hey Blacksmith,

Thanks! I am staying safe a an ocean and a couple of continents away from all that crap. Can't say i am staying sane tho :).