Mufti al-Shaar Confirms Receiving Death Threats, Will Not Return to Lebanonإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
The Mufti of Tripoli and the North Sheikh Malek al-Shaar announced on Wednesday that he will not be returning to Lebanon from a trip to Europe after he has allegedly received death threats.
Radio Voice of Lebanon (93.3) said that the northern Mufti has been advised to stay abroad, in fear of an assassination attempt against him.
"I am not coming back until issues are cleared up in Lebanon,” al-Shaar told VDL.
VDL said al-Shaar was attending a conference in Vienna and then left for Paris where he will reside until his return.
This news comes after clashes erupted in his city, Tripoli, between Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen leading to the death of seven people.
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.