Tuesday, May 15, 2012


May 16, 2012 01:36 AM By Antoine Amrieh

TRIPOLI, Lebanon: The Lebanese Army brought an end Tuesday to three days of clashes between the rival neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen in Tripoli which left at least seven people dead and over 100 wounded.
Although hundreds of troops backed by armored vehicles and Internal Security Forces deployed to the city’s battle-torn streets in the early hours of the day, sporadic minor clashes in several areas threatened the tenuous cease-fire that Lebanese politicians from across the political divide praised.
Three people, identified as Toufiq Hammoud, Ahmad Dahoud and Mohammad Shandab, were wounded in fighting in the afternoon in Tripoli’s Talaat al-Rifaiya neighborhood between pro- and anti-Syrian President Bashar Assad families.
Meanwhile, residents in the Abeed neighborhood in Mina panicked when they spotted a gunman on the streets, prompting the Army to boost security measures in several parts of the city.
Despite minor security incidents between armed men on the streets and security personnel, soldiers installed checkpoints and conducted patrols, including along Syria Street, which runs between Bab al-Tabbaneh, whose residents oppose Assad, and Jabal Mohsen, whose residents back the embattled leader.

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