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The Green Line -Beirut Series-2 | by Antonio Caselli
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The Green Line -Beirut Series-2

On a hot day of the 1st September 1975, a militia group started the systematic killing of hundreds of civilians and continued uninterrupted for three whole days.

 

This sad and unjustified slaughter of human lives triggered a civil war which devastated the city of Beirut for fifteen years. The Muslim population occupied the Western part of Beirut and the Christians the Eastern side. The two factions were separated by an imaginary Green Line, so called because of the vegetation that was growing over the abandoned buildings.

 

This photograph shows one of the few buildings built during the French mandate which is still standing as a gruesome monument to war. The precarious structure is close to the infamous Green Line and gives a clear idea of the frightening intensity of the civil warfare which struck Beirut city.

 

This picture was shot in May 2006, few months before the new Israel-Lebanon Conflict caused further damages to the city.

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Taken on May 6, 2006