One Dead, 10 Hurt as Clashes Renew in Bab al-Tabbaneh, Jabal Mohsen

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A person was killed and at least 10 others were wounded on Wednesday as clashes renewed in Tripoli despite the presence of Interior Minister Marwan Charbel in the northern city, the scene of three days of deadly clashes which ended by a ceasefire on Tuesday.

A security official speaking on condition of anonymity told Agence France Presse the shooting broke out after soldiers tried to remove barricades in the city's Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood.

For its part, Radio Voice of Lebanon (93.3) reported that a soldier was wounded as a dispute between the army and young men in Bab al-Tabbaneh over the removal of barricades erupted into an armed clash.

The security official said residents opened fire on the soldiers, one of whom was wounded, and the troops responded.

The clashes then escalated with residents of Jabal Mohsen, which sits opposite Bab al-Tabbaneh, also opening fire.

The radio station later reported that clashes had abated after a person was killed and more than 10 were wounded.

It also said that a soldier was wounded as an army patrol came under gunfire from Jabal Mohsen. But Jabal Mohsen sources denied to al-Manar television any link to the incident, saying the army was the side that opened fire at Bab al-Tabbaneh gunmen.

State-run National News Agency said gunfire targeted all the hotspots in Tripoli: Bab al-Tabbaneh, Jabal Mohsen, al-Omari uphill, Starco, al-Mallouleh and al-Mankoubin.

NNA said the army closed roads leading to Bab al-Tabbaneh from al-Beddawi, al-Qobbeh, al-Mallouleh and al-Ayrouniyeh, amid a severe traffic jam caused by the fleeing of residents.

For its part, al-Jadeed television said clashes spread to the districts of al-Baqqar, the vegetable market, al-Zahriyeh, Starco and Baal al-Darawish.

And as MTV reported that the army had pulled out of Bab al-Tabbaneh, sources denied to Radio Voice of Lebanon (100.3-100.5) the withdrawal of any soldier from any Tripoli area the army had deployed at since yesterday morning.

Meanwhile, Radio Voice of Lebanon (93.3) said gunmen transporting a number of wounded people fired gunshots in al-Mitein Street in a bid to make their way through traffic.

Army troops deployed Tuesday morning in Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen and other sectors of Tripoli in a bid to calm the northern city after three days of sectarian fighting that killed nine people and wounded more than 90.

Troops deployed in Syria Street, the frontline of fighting between the majority Sunni Muslim district of Bab al-Tabbaneh, and Jabal Mohsen, whose residents are mostly Alawite.

Battles first erupted on Saturday between residents of the rival neighborhoods when General Security agents arrested Shadi al-Mawlawi, a Salafist, on charges of belonging to a terrorist organization. Mawlawi's supporters say he was targeted because of his help for Syrian refugees fleeing to Lebanon.

Also on Tuesday, a separate incident shook the fragile truce when a fierce armed clash erupted between the families of al-Nashar, Hrash and al-Naanai in al-Rifaiyeh in central Tripoli, leaving three people wounded and raising tensions in the city.

The army quickly managed to contain the clash, which involved the use of machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades.

Comments 23
Missing youssefhaddad 16 May 2012, 17:40

The conflict has entered a very dangerous phase and will not end till the lebanese army take a very forcefull step and attack offenders on both sides equally.

Missing realist 16 May 2012, 19:41

Arresting a youny man because he is very active in helping the syrian refugees was the flash. What did he really do?? was there an ACT of terror he committed for him to be arrested?? do we arrest people for how they think?? meanwhile we do have four names of terrorists who did COMMIT a huge act of terror in beirut killing a former prime minister and scores of other people, not to mention May 7. Have they been arrested??, so this is a trail of oppression that started in 2005, the syrian revolution was the peak, people just cant take it anymore. We all knew that sooner or later the Hizbustan arms will cause others to arm.

Thumb bigsami 16 May 2012, 17:57

Assad's plan to divert attention from Syria by igniting strife within Lebanon has started. Ultimately to drag HA into this and a coordinated assault by Assad to topple all! God help us all!

Missing muhammad_alomar 16 May 2012, 18:19

Filthy alawites. They keep provoking fights all the time bcuz they know nothing will happen as long as their alawite chief bashar runs the show in lebanon. The state and army has left tripoli alone in its struggle against the alawites.

Default-user-icon Skyfall (Guest) 16 May 2012, 18:36

Always the same thing, our army has never had a political decision to wipe out all these people whether pro or antisyrian. While the politicians are eating, dining, tweeting, sewering, soldiers are killed because they are on stand by mode. Poor lebanese army, i believe it has the capacity to erase them from tripoli but they are not ordered to. It is a very delicate situation and it has proved the army , unfortunately , is useless with the kinds of leaders we have whether pro or antisyrian. Lebanon is no battleground for any. We are coming back to 1975... only this time, it will be a shiite-sunnite war.. It has already started and with the Gulf countries uniting into one to face Iran, it certainly will not finish here.

Missing allouchi 16 May 2012, 19:45

The butcher Assad and the rat Hassan of Hizbala keep arming and training the Alawites. The day will soon come when both will pay a high price for their treason.

Default-user-icon JR (Guest) 16 May 2012, 19:59

This army is a joke...They withdraw once gangsters crack a couple of shots...Give me a break!

Missing allouchi 16 May 2012, 20:10

This Hizbala controlled government implements favoritism and selective Punishment". Hizb and Amal etc..get away with murder and are not arrested or prosecuted, even the PFM Karam the Israeli spy is out of prison...The law is only being implemented against part of the population and this is causing hatred, friction and armed conflicts. Down with Al qaida, down with hizballa and down with all types of extremism.

Missing mustafa_hussein7 16 May 2012, 22:31

You offend Hezbollah? They are the only ones that ever faced Israel in Lebanon for decades! When did the gutless Future movement and other Salafi factions ever dare to face Israel? Oh i forgot you are using their weapons right in this movement.
Syria helped Hezbollah doing the 2006 war against Israel that they won. All you archieve in this struggle is to favor Israel and USA which i guess you already realized you hate Shias more than you hate Israel, you are all a bunch of gutless cowards.
I hope the Lebanese army will do it's job to disarm the Syrian rebels in Tripoli and secure Lebanon and the border to Syria also.
It is funny to see how weak you are, look at Jabal Mohsen they are only 10.000 Shia and they can fend off 500.000 Sunnis! You are pathetic... I repeat PATHETIC and WEAK

Missing peace 17 May 2012, 00:26

hahaha!! did hezbollah let the chance to anyone to resist in the south? they put aside anyone who wanted to...just to be the only party to rule the south with no interference!!! so your arguments you know where you can shove them...
your party is just a militia at the orders of their master iran , they don t care a bit about lebanon, they only care about fulfilling the iranian agenda!
and please don t mix shias with hezbollah! not all of them support your mafia!
the only weak one is hezbollah who needs its arms to rule the country, take them away from them and they are NOTHING and you too....

Missing abdelhakim 17 May 2012, 00:31

Loooooool. Keep dreaming. First of all who told you that 500000 muslims faced 10000 shia? The milita in tripoli is small and it only has cheap weapons wheras your shia thugs of jabal mehsen have advanced weapons handed to them by the pharao bashar el assad. If one day the muslims decided to kick shia out then you would all be back in iran in no time. Make no misstake about it. Your bashar el assad is actually one of israels biggest friends. When did he EVER fire a bullet against them? What did he do for the golan heights? Asad 3ala sha3bo we arnab 3a israel. Enough of your regular salafi bs. Its boring. But what else does one expect from someone who worships ahlulbayt and makes du3a2 to them thinking they can hear you when you say ya ali madad ya hussein. Astaghfirullah. Just be quiet.

Missing mustafa_hussein7 16 May 2012, 22:32

All you salafis in here, i can see who you support. This is typical propaganda that you use, you have no guts at all.

I'm a Lebanese and i support the Syrian government and its struggle against the Free Salafist Army there.

Missing peace 17 May 2012, 00:32

we are happy to know you support a regime who needs an army to kill its citizens but never used it to face israel in 40 years!
good for you that you support an ally of israel!
good for you that you support a coward gvt! it only shows who you are and the ideas you support!
good job from el manar to brainwash you so good!

and finally typical remark of a hezbi bootlicker: all those against them are salafis! strange a few week ago your friends here treated them as sionists! so please tell us? half the population of lebanon are salafis or sionists for hezb?
make up your mind please....

Default-user-icon asas (Guest) 17 May 2012, 00:52

mustafa hussein.....seriously man .. just think before u speak ..reading the others' replies to ure comment might help ! ure numbers are wrong and a fight is not that simple, it involves political backup.. if the regime falls, jabal mehsen will be DONE in less than a day u can ask anyone u know in the north !
anyway just read the comments and reply... stop being brainwashed.. im neutral politically just so you would know

Missing abdelhakim 17 May 2012, 04:33

Say what mustafa hussein? The only ones insulting ahlulbayt are you shia who worship thwm. And what exactly is shia muslim? Shiites are followers of shiaism, its a seperate religion. Nobody who utters the words "ya ali madad" is a muslim, likewise nobody who believes in "imamah" is a muslim. Just to mention to of your belief which are the opposite of islam. Your so called true resistance bashars regime and iran have NEVER fired a bullet against israel. Iran even took weapons from israel during its war with saddam. And before you talk about "our generation", go take a good look at your shia generation of alcohol, drugs and prostitution. Go look at your shia, as if its not enough that you make partners with Allah and esneakily extend prophethood via your imamah ideology, your also a a people of drugs and alcohol. Lanat Allah on the mushrik shia. Your shia religion was started by a jew called abdallah saba.

Missing mustafa_hussein7 17 May 2012, 05:19

Yes just try and insult Ahlul Bayt A.S you will be punished my Salafi friend. I got only 2 things left to say. You will loose this war, we are the strongest and you know it. If 10.000 Shia muslims can fend off 500.000 Salafis that means we are the stronger. If good Sunni muslims fight alongside us as brothers and stop listening to Israel USA and Saudi Arabia then we will fight with them. But if you continue favor the imperalist and Al Qaida then to hell with you all Marg Bar Salafi Lanat upon you all!

Default-user-icon z (Guest) 17 May 2012, 11:22

the number of sunni in beb tibbeneh is the same as the number in jabal mohsen. The rest are not fighting.

Thumb Lebanon4life 17 May 2012, 12:35

Crazy guy what's going on in your head do 500.000 Salafis vs 10.000 Shias? Guys like you are just idiots nor they are salafis or "radical" shias. You both don't belong to Lebanon fight your stupid elsewhere but not here. You both think you can do what you want but the time will come you all get punished buy the moderate Lebanese nor they are shia durze christians or sunnis. By those lebanese who want a strong peaceful lebanon. At least we can be happy that you guys just bark !!

Thumb Lebanon4life 17 May 2012, 12:36


Default-user-icon khoobe (Guest) 17 May 2012, 14:12

salam, khoobe, che tori? kheyli zahmat keshidid, the population of lebanon suffer from too much sodium in their bloodstream.From your loyal brother in beirut, Lebanon.

Default-user-icon hello (Guest) 17 May 2012, 14:09

go live in israel. you are racist, and bigoted.

Missing mustafa_hussein7 17 May 2012, 19:19

Guys just bark, Hezbollahs only goal is to liberate Palestine from the Zionist regime and to protect Lebanese borders. Reason that the Salafis are fighting in Northern Lebanon now, is because they failed to win in Syria. The SNC is being torn apart their leader Burhan Ghouliun left the council, reason they attack the Shias in Lebanon now, is because they know there are so few Shia in nothern Lebanon and that the Lebanese Army wont shoot at them. As i can see now the Lebanese Army atleast shoot back on the Salafis

Missing mustafa_hussein7 17 May 2012, 19:31

The man they arrested is an alleged Al Qaida Member from Iraq. Lebanese Army have every reason to arrest such people, because they are terrorists and kills innocents and blow themselves up.