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Om Battle of Beirut (1912)
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Battle of Beirut was a naval battle off the coast of Beirut during the Italo- Turkish War. Italian fears that the Ottoman naval forces at Beirut could be used to threaten the approach to the Suez canal led the Italian military to order the destruction of the Ottoman naval presence in the area. On 24 February 1912 two Italian armoured cruisers attacked and sank an Ottoman casemate corvette and six lighters, retired, then returned and sank an Ottoman torpedo boat.