Lebanon lawyer files genocide case against Syria minister

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It alleges that Shaar and his aides along with “criminal” Lebanese accomplices on Dec. 19, 1986 “killed and slaughtered more than 600 people from the Tebbaneh district.”

At the time, Lebanon was immersed in a bloody civil war that broke out in 1975 and left some 150,000 people dead over 15 years.

Syria dominated Lebanon politically and militarily for nearly 30 years until international pressure led Damascus to withdraw its troops shortly after the assassination of former premier Rafiq Hariri in 2005.

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