Tripoli Death Toll Hits 7 as Clashes Renew at Night and Army Arrests Gunmen

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Clashes renewed on Wednesday evening in the rival Tripoli neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen after a brief lull, as the army made contacts with the warring parties and fired back at the sources of gunfire, especially sniper fire.

An Energa-type rifle-launched grenade fell in the vicinity of al-Mallouleh area and was followed by an exchange of gunfire between Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh, LBCI television reported.

A security official told Agence France Presse that sniper fire killed seven civilians in on Tuesday and Wednesday in the two rival districts.

The security official said four were killed on Wednesday, while three others died the day before.

"Khodr Hanoub, a man in his 40s, was killed at dawn Wednesday in the district of Bab al-Tabbaneh," the official said, adding that Ali Habbabeh was killed in the adjacent district of Jabal Mohsen.

The official also reported the killing in Bab al-Tabbaneh of Zakaria Othman and Mehdi al-Beik on Wednesday, while Khaled Salem, 27, was killed overnight.

They died a day after kiosk owner Mohammed Ibrahim, 65, was killed in Jabal Mohsen by a sniper operating from across the street-turned-front line separating the two impoverished neighborhoods.

Also on Tuesday, Bab al-Tabbaneh resident Abdul Rahman Nassouh was shot dead.

While there was a lull in fighting on Wednesday, snipers held their positions and continued to shoot, an AFP correspondent at the scene said.

The official reported 57 people wounded altogether, including two soldiers.

The National News Agency said that the armed clashes intensified during day hours between fighters in the areas of Qobbeh, al-Mankoubin, Mallouleh, Bab al-Tabbaneh, and Syria Street and others in Jabal Mohsen.

The army has been returning fire against the sources of gunshots.

The Army Command said in a statement its troops “staged patrols, erected checkpoints and fired back immediately at the sources of gunfire,” noting that five people were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the shooting and that a quantity of weapons and ammunition was found in their possession.

“Two soldiers were wounded in the security operations as some military vehicles sustained material damage,” said the statement.

The detainees and the confiscated items were handed over to the relevant judicial authorities, according to the statement.

Light and medium weapons could be heard in the battles, as well as sounds of rocket-propelled grenades.

Earlier on Wednesday, a meeting was held at the residence of al-Mustaqbal MP Mohammed Kabbara to discuss the developments in the northern city.

The meeting was held in the presence of State Minister Ahmed Karami, Ahmed al-Safadi representing Finance Minister Mohammed al-Safadi, MPs Samir al-Jisr, Moein al-Merehbi, Khaled al-Daher and several other officials.

The attendees urged the rival neighborhoods to end all the armed clashes under the auspices of the army, calling on it to control the situation in the city.

“We should find a permanent solution to the recurrence of the incidents,” Kabbara told reporters after the meeting.

He also called on the government to compensate all the families affected by the gun battles.

The clashes broke out over the weekend in wake of the announcement of the death of a number of Lebanese Islamist fighters, who mainly hail from the North, in the border region of Tall Kalakh in Syria on Friday.

Media outlets had conflicting information about the number of people who died and those who survived the attack.

While the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that a group of 30 rebels "were caught in an ambush by government troops in the area of Tall Sarin near the town of Tall Kalakh”, Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5) said the ambush left 20 Lebanese men dead, adding that they hail from Akkar's Fnaideq and Tripoli's Bab al-Tabbaneh and al-Mankoubin neighborhoods.

Comments 16
Thumb jcamerican 05 December 2012, 13:16

Amazing country. Leaders slugging it by making speeches, while their followers translating it with bullets.

Missing allouchi 05 December 2012, 14:30

Hizbala, Berri and Aoun are the causes of all the ills of Lebanon...they arm any faction that supports Assad or Iran...

Missing allouchi 05 December 2012, 17:48

ft, that was a good movie actually..did your general Aoun cast for the lead role???

Missing allouchi 05 December 2012, 22:31

ft, okay we're even :)

Thumb shab 05 December 2012, 18:10

bravo, idiots

Default-user-icon JC Williams (Guest) 05 December 2012, 18:35

Snipers are cowards. They should die the death of 1000 cuts. The "leaders" who encourage these worthless killers to murder unarmed people should be used for target practice themselves. It's a terrible thing that these young killers are out in the street with nothing in their heads except hatred and vengence. They feed off of lies and death. They aren't smart enough to know why they in such a cycle and don't want to know. Kill,baby,kill.

Thumb Lebanon4life 05 December 2012, 18:55

The best thing would be to send them directly to Syria where they can fight for their beloved FSA and the Baath Regime.

Missing bigjohn 05 December 2012, 20:05

I live only a few miles away from Tripoli in Koura. Every time the Hariri salafites are upset with something that happens in Syria, they start burning homes and businesses of Aliwites in areas they control and shooting at Jabal Mohsin. There is a campaign of ethnic cleansing of Alewites in tripoli and the western "human rights" organizations have been silent for political reasons. Alewites, whether they support the Syrian regime or not have been murdered, driven out of their homes and businesses in Tripoli, and Jabal Mohsin is now their only refuge. This is happening hear in Lebanon. Shame on those who have been silent.

Missing allouchi 05 December 2012, 21:40

I doubt what you just said is true!!! proof proof proof..talk is cheap...

Missing bigjohn 05 December 2012, 22:22

Proof?...It has been documented several times in the indendent Leftist Al-Akhbar and the burning of businesses and homes in Nahar. There used to be several thousand Alewites in Qobe and Tal section of Tripoli living next to Christians. Go and ask the few Christians still living there, what happened to the Alewite neighbors.

Missing bigjohn 05 December 2012, 22:24

Sorry....Assuming you live in Lebanon

Missing allouchi 05 December 2012, 22:29

ya accordionman, are confused? I didn't say anything about whipping someone ass!!! what's wrong with you and yes jibleh shi manouchih bi zaatar halabi maa naanan, hurry up ya ammour enta wa walad...

Default-user-icon MUSTAPHA O. GHALAYINI (Guest) 05 December 2012, 20:53

lets recapitulate:
1)there is hizballah fighters fighting FSA ON SYRIAN LAND to defend lebanese shia living on syrian land
2)there is sunni lebanese armed fighters on SYRIAN LAND fighting the regime syrian army to defend their sunni brothers..
3)what's next????? more popcorn pse.....

Missing gabby10 06 December 2012, 01:21

ASSad is heading down. The Alawites in Tripoli are suffering the same frustration as Flame Retardant and his M8 friends. Their world will be upside down soon.

This article says Bashar is looking for political asylum in Latin Americs and one of the commie countries. http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/12/05/253495.html

There is not fire without smoke. He is looking to jump off the sinking ship. They keep losing bases. It is over.

Thumb ashrafieh-BurnISIS 06 December 2012, 04:48

Who cares what's happening in bloody Syria!! If Lebanese people are so interested in Syria, go there!! We are Lebanese!! If Sunni's care so much about the FSA go fight and die in Syria... If Shia care so much about Assad go fight and die there too. If Christians care about either side, same thing go fight and die there and do not come back to Lebanon!

Thumb LebDino 06 December 2012, 06:17

Guys in Tripoli- pls calm it down. This isn't 1975. Haven't we learned something from 15 years of war?

But I don't blame them. I blame their leaders. And the army should totally interfere and stop this & arrest these people to jail. If not now, when?