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Lebanon History Timeline

2000s continued
  • (2006) Israeli troops crossed Lebanese border with warplanes, tank, gunboats
  • (2006) Israel launched military campaign against Lebanon's main airport, highways, military bases
  • (2006) In 34-day Israel and Lebanon War, over 1,200 people were killed – mostly civilians
  • (2006) UN and Lebanese government deployed forces to Israeli border
  • (2006) Five ministers resigned from the government
  • (2006) Opposition demonstrators in Beirut demanded resignation of Prime Minister Saniora
  • (2007) General strike called by Hezbollah-led opposition
  • (2007) Lebanese army took control of Palestinian refugee camp Nahr al-Bared, more than 300 people died and over 40,000 Palestinians fled during siege
  • (2007) Parliament adjourned session, rescheduled elections
  • (2007) Led by Prime Minister Fouad Siniroa, a caretaker government assumed power after President Lahoud stepped down
  • (2007) Army chief of operation, General Francois al-Hajj and two others were killed in a car bomb attack
  • (2008) Car bomb struck U.S. Embassy vehicle, three Lebanese civilian bystanders were killed, one injured
  • (2008) Car bomb killed top anti-terrorism investigator in Lebanon, Capt. Wissam Eid, and with three others
  • (2008) Seven protesters were killed during clashes with troops in Beirut over electricity rationing
  • (2008) Imad Mughniyeh, a Hezbollah commander, was killed in a car bombing in Syria
  • (2008) Clashes between Hezbollah and pro-government factions killed over 80 people
  • (2008) Gunmen from Shia group Hezbollah seized most of western Beirut, more than 11 killed
  • (2008) Parliament elected Michel Suleiman as president
  • (2008) President Suleiman reappointed Fouad Siniora as prime minister
  • (2008) Bomb blast killed 14, injured at least 30 in Tripoli
  • (2008) Pro-Syrian opposition member, Saleh Aridi, killed when car bomb exploded
  • (2008) Lebanon and Syria established diplomatic relations
  • (2008) U.S. agreed to deliver tanks to Beirut
  • (2008) Russia agreed to provide Lebanon with 10 fighter jets
  • (2009) Three rockets from Lebanon struck northern Israel , two wounded, Prime Minister Siniora condemned attacks
  • (2009) Lebanon opened embassy in Syria
  • (2009) Following elections, Saad Hariri nominated as prime minister
  • (2009) Prime Minister Hariri formed government of national unity, ended five months of deadlock
  • (2009) Two members of Hamas militant group were killed, two other injured in bomb explosion in Beirut
  • (2010) Ethiopian jet crashed into Mediterranean Sea minutes after leaving Beirut airport, no survivors
  • (2010) Parliament passed law granting Palestinian refugees right to work in any profession
  • (2010) Lebanese and Israeli troops exchanged gun fire along border, killing four
  • (2010) Russia agreed to provide Lebanese army with helicopters, tanks and munitions to bolster poorly equipped military
  • (2011) Government collapsed
  • (2011) UN-backed court issued four arrest warrants for Hezbollah members for 2005 assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri
  • (2011) Najib Mikati appointed prime-minister designate, formed new government
  • (2011) Over 5,000 Syrian refugees were living in Lebanon
  • (2012) Shells fired during Syrian clashes landed in Amayer, Lebanon killing one person, injuring three
  • (2012) 30,000 Syrians fled into Lebanon in 48 hours
  • (2012) Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Kuwait ordered their citizens to leave Lebanon due to Syrian conflict
  • (2012) Smoking ban in all public places went into force
  • (2012) Security Chief, Willam Al-Hassan, and eight others killed in car bombing in Beirut
  • (2012) Fighting in Tripoli, killed three, injured six soldiers
  • (2013) Syrian warplanes and helicopters fired rockets into northern Lebanon
  • (2013) Prime Minister Najib Mikati's government resigned; Tammam Salam appointed new prime minister
  • (2013) Parliament delayed elections due to security concerns
  • (2013) Clashes with Sunni militants in Sidon killed 17 Lebanese soldiers
  • (2013) Bomb attacks near two mosques in Tripoli killed 42, wounded over 400
  • (2013) 22 people in killed suicide bombing outside Iran's Embassy in Beirut
  • (2014) After ten months of talks, a new power-sharing government was formed with Prime Minister Tammam Salam
  • (2014) Suicide car bomber attacked Lebanese army checkpoint near Syrian border, three soldiers killed, four wounded
  • (2014) Syrian refugees in Lebanon surpassed one million

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