Up to 500,000 people were killed or wounded in Lebanon's 1975-90 civil war, and nearly one-fourth of a pre-war population of 4 million left the country, a government report says.
About 150,000 to 200,000 Lebanese were killed, the Ministry of Social Affairs said in the most comprehensive surey since the conflict ended. Half of the 300,000 wounded suffered permanent disabilities.The civil war pitted Christians against Muslims. Israel invaded Lebanon in 1978 and 1982. Syrian troops, who first moved in as peacekeepers in 1976, also became combatants.
The report, published in the An-Nahar newspaper on Thursday, said about 900,000 people emigrated because of the fighting and lack of jobs. Much of Lebanon's industrial and commercial base was destroyed.
Of those who left, 40 percent settled in the Americas, the report said.