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Merdai Flag (Historical Flags, Lebanon)

Rebels' Flag

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[Rebels Flag (Lebanon)]
image from [Nehmé 1995, modified by Santiago Dotor


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According to [Nehmé 1995, "It consisted of a cross and a sword, both white, on a red cloth."
Santiago Dotor
, 26 Sep 2000

The sword pointing to the left makes me wonder whether the image illustrates the Arabic obverse – with the hoist on the right hand side – cf. Saudi Arabian flag, where the sword points to the fly on both sides, or the flag of the former Kingdom of Yemen.
Santiago Dotor, 08 May 2003

Merdai: red flag with white cross and sword. Division in two branches: Kaysites and Yemenites (like the Guelphs and Ghibellines, and of course the Yemenites were not from Yemen) with red flags and white flags.
Source: Flaggenmiteilung 84, Crux Australis 50
Jaume Ollé, 13 May 2003