Christians and Moslems staged a nationwide one-day strike Wednesday in a show of unity to mourn the spiritual leader of the country's Sunni Moslems, who was assassinated in a car bombing.
"Lebanon today mourns its knight, the martyr of national unity, Sheik Hassan Khaled," said the Voice of Lebanon radio, mouthpiece of the right-wing Christian Phalange Party.The Grand Mufti, as he was known, was killed along with 21 other people on Tuesday when the bomb exploded in a densely populated residential district of Syrian-policed west Beirut as his car drove past.
Seventy-five people were wounded and two buildings devastated
Banks, government offices, shops, restaurants, movie theaters and other businesses closed in all areas, including Israel's self-proclaimed "security zone" in the south, police said. No trouble was reported.