890d.48/16: Telegram

The Consul at Beirut ( Knabenshue ) to the Secretary of State

Department’s October 20, 4 p.m., and continuation of my October 21, 6 p.m. Now estimated that 12,000 Armenians who were refugees at Damascus are now in dire distress as result of Damascus incidents last week. Driven from their camps which with all their worldly goods were destroyed, they are now living in distress chiefly in churches, schools and garages in Damascus, needing food and clothing, while a few hundred have come to Beirut. Please inform American Red Cross and Near East Relief. I repeat recommendation that Red Cross send $50,000 immediately and possibly more later.