Families of Qaa martyrs commemorate 30 years since massacre

On the 30th commemoration of what came to be known as the Qaa massacre, a delegation of the families of the martyrs who died on June 28, 1978 visited Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah in Bkirki on Friday.

The delegation said it held the Zgohrta-based Marada movement and the Franjieh family, which heads the movement, responsible for the deaths of 26 Kataeb members killed in Qaa, Ras Baalbeck and Jdeidat al-Fakiha “in cooperation with Syrian special units.”

The massacre came as retaliation for the murder of Tony Franjieh, a former minister who was killed with his family in a previous massacre in Ehden, according to a statement issued by the delegation. 

The statement outlined the “brutal, barbaric” murders, noting that the victims were dragged from their homes and shipped 30 kilometers to the Wadi al-Raayan in military trucks, where their corpses were discovered with their hands tied behind their backs and 20 bullet wounds in their backs.

The statement also said the repercussions of the “tragic disaster” had not ended, as many Qaa residents were driven out of their city 30 years ago, yet said the residents of Qaa hoped to see all Lebanese Christians united in honor and dignity.

“We have ended the chapter of the Lebanese war, and we hope that the spirit of forgiveness, reconciliation and peace will prevail, for the sake of Lebanon,” the statement added.

The delegation said their conflict with the criminal Syrian regime was not yet over as their “loved ones” remained in Syrian prisons and “photographs of the corpses of martyrs” revealed the horror of their fate, “generation after generation.”

-NOW Staff 

  • Batroun

    oops, the OTV forgot to mention that a couple of weeks ago when they air the Ehden Masacre....

    June 28, 2008