A photo showing the street in Ain al-Rummaneh where a bus packed with Palestinians was attacked by Kataeb gunmen on April 13, 1975, an incident which sparked the country's 15-year civil war. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Its locals remember Lebanon's 15-year Civil War all too well. Forty years after the Civil War was sparked in their neighborhood, most residents of Ain Al-Rummaneh say the tensions of the war have long since passed. For the next 15 years, Ain Al-Rummaneh became one of the deadliest front lines of the war.George and Joseph, both in their late 70s, grew up a block apart in Ain al-Rummaneh and spent the entire war there.There have been some minor incidents between Ain al-Rummaneh and neighboring Chiyah in the years since the war, such as a stabbing in 2009 . However, that dispute was resolved by the Army, which has a large presence in Ain al-Rummaneh. Abi Rached expressed his support for the Army but warned that it might not be able to handle an intense amount of pressure. Today, he said, the people of Ain al-Rummaneh are known for being battle-hardened and ready for war.
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