Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

June 19,1985. In Beirut, TWA flight 847 stands desolate on the empty tarmac, a huge hulk of white metal shimmering in the heat, a picture off the cover of some bungled tourism brochure. Some 40 Americans are unwilling guests in the southern shantytowns known as the “suburbs” of Beirut. More than a hundred other passengers have been released. One, a young US Navy underwater construction expert, was beaten and executed. The two original hijackers are now said to be adherents of the Hizb Ullah (Party of God).

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How to cite this article:

Joe Stork "The War of the Camps, the War of the Hostages," Middle East Report 133 (June 1985).