Before World War I ended on 11 November 1918, the lands that would become modern-day Lebanon and Syria were part of the Ottoman Empire. On 10 August 1920, the Treaty of Sèvres formally partitioned the Ottoman Empire; Lebanon and Syria were to be temporarily governed by France as mandates of the League of Nations, which itself had been newly formed on 10 January 1920. The region was divided under the French into four governments as follows: Government of Aleppo from the Euphrates region to the Mediterranean; Greater Lebanon extending from Tripoli to Palestine; Damascus, including Damascus, Hama, Hems, and the Hauran; and the country of Mount Arisarieh. For notes printed from 1919 to 1924, see Syria (Banque de Syrie). For earlier issues, see Egypt, Ottoman Empire, and Syria.
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