Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Lebanon

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Lebanon

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See also Palestinian Affairs, Syria

Jan. 19: The Tourism Ministry released statistics showing that 1.9 million tourists visited Lebanon in 2009, the highest number of visitors ever. The figures broke the 1974 record of 1.4 million during a time when Beirut was referred to as the "Paris of the Middle East." [ABC, 1/19]

Jan. 23: About 200 Lebanese and Palestinians protested near the Egyptian Embassy in Beirut in opposition to the underground wall Egypt began building that was aimed at curtailing smuggling into Gaza. Witnesses and riot police clashed, injuring three people. Hamas leader Khalid Mesh'al asked Egypt to cease construction of the wall, as it further isolated Gaza. [Al-Jazeera, 1/24]

Jan. 25: An Ethiopian Airline plane crashed into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after taking off from the airport in Beirut. There were no reported survivors among the 90 people on board, which included passengers from Lebanon, Ethiopia, Canada, Iraq, France, Russia, Syria, and Turkey. [BBC, 1/25]

Feb. 14: Marking the fifth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri's assassination, tens of thousands of people gathered in Beirut for a rally that featured music and statements by top officials, including former President Amin Jumayyil. …

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