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  • Damascus, Syria
    Sunday May 20, 1945

    Charles de Gaulle

    French artillery and warplanes fired on demonstrators in Damascus

    Damascus, Syria
    Sunday May 20, 1945

    On 20 May, French artillery and warplanes fired on demonstrators in Damascus. After several days, upwards of 800 Syrians lay dead.




  • Damascus, Syria
    Thursday May 31, 1945

    Charles de Gaulle

    Churchill told de Gaulle "immediately to order French troops to the ceasefire"

    Damascus, Syria
    Thursday May 31, 1945

    On 31 May, Churchill told de Gaulle "immediately to order French troops to cease fire and withdraw to their barracks". British forces moved in and forced the French to withdraw from the city; they were then escorted and confined to barracks.




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