Lebanese Release Students Arrested for Allegedly Inciting Riots, Protect Jewish Quarter

Lebanese authorities have released six foreign Jewish students who were arrested for allegedly inciting riots and moved quickly last week to protect Beirut’s Jewish quarter from pogroms by enraged Arab mobs, it was reported here yesterday. The students were reportedly of French and Turkish nationality. The students were arrested after accusations, published by Lebanese newspapers, that they and local Jews were responsible for last week’s student demonstrations and riots in Beirut and Tripoli. One student was reported killed and eight injured in what where apparently clashes between factions supporting Palestine Arab guerrillas and groups opposed to the commandos. Lebanese authorities released the students quickly, and placed heavy guards around the Jewish quarter. Interior Minister Pierre Gemayel urged citizens not to follow incitement against a national minority.

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