Like Father, Like Son:Tel al-Zaatar massacre"....Syria put itself forwards as a "mediator" on the basis of historic claims.[clarification needed]  Syrian forces with As-Sa'iqa units were intervening on behalf of hard presses[clarification needed] Christian militias by April. The influence of Syria led to the election of Elias Sarkis.By the first week of June, Syrian forces had applied a blockade of West Beirut, a predominantly Muslim section that contained the Palestinian headquarters, leaving only the southern route open. From 22 June the Christian Phalangist forces, Many Christian residents of Ras el-Dekweneh and Mansouriye controlled by Maroun Khoury with Syrian backing intensified the blockade to a full scale military assault that lasted 35 days. Christian militias had laid siege to the refugee camp for 7 months. When the camp fell, the Palestinian victims numbered in the thousands......"
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