Sniper Activity, Clashes Renew in Tripoli as Death Toll Reaches 11

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Clashes renewed on Thursday in the northern city of Tripoli after a three-day violence linked to the conflict in neighboring Syria, with the death toll reaching 11 as an investigation has been launched in the matter.

Thirty-nine-year-old Hassan Abaydo was shot in the heart by a sniper in the Alawite area of Jabal Mohsen, Agence France Presse reported.

Voice of Lebanon radio said that Ahmed al-Sheikh was also killed in the clashes sweeping the northern city.

Media reports said that an energa-type grenade landed in Syria street, which separates the two rival neighborhoods while another two mortar shells fell on Bab al-Tabbaneh.

Youssef Othman was killed in the afternoon clashes, MTV reported, adding that another man died in the Sunni area of Bab al-Tabbaneh.

At least three others were injured on Thursday among a clergyman, Omar Ismail, and a Lebanese army soldier, bringing the toll to 62.

Meanwhile, the National News Agency reported that the concerned security agencies launched on Thursday an investigation into the unrest.

The investigation, taking place under the supervision of State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr, will seek to determine all those involved in the clashes, especially those who opened fire at the army.

Tripoli has been rocked by sectarian tensions linked to the nearly 21-month uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime in Syria.

On Thursday, the army patrolled the restive areas, while snipers held their positions and continued to shoot.

Lebanon is deeply divided over Syria, with Hizbullah, its allies and supporters bitterly opposed to the revolt, and the Sunni-led March 14 movement backing it.

The country was dominated politically and militarily by Damascus for nearly 30 years, until the 2005 assassination of former Premier Rafik Hariri prompted international outrage and forced a Syrian pullout.

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 last week.

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

Comments 16
Default-user-icon Borat (Guest) 06 December 2012, 12:44

the more the merrier. Merry Christmas

Thumb jcamerican 06 December 2012, 14:00

Stupidest people on earth are the lebanese people. Never heard of citizens killing each other for another country's sake.

Thumb Chupachups 06 December 2012, 14:42

I agree to a certain extent.. But in this case it's Muslim v Muslim.. So u do the math!!

Thumb Chupachups 06 December 2012, 14:43

And I don't consider these people Lebanese ... They are Islamists to the bone(both sides) w nchallah ykasro ba3d

Thumb jcamerican 06 December 2012, 15:07

Didn't mean all, but most. Christians or Moslems makes no difference. You had it all.

Default-user-icon MUSTAPHA O. GHALAYINI (Guest) 06 December 2012, 14:13

hizb alla gave himself the right to fight the FSA IN SYRIA....and soon FSA will respond by fighting hizballah in lebanon...more pop corn plse.
this info will be on the screen next week,but at least the coordinator of this sight will have it now.

Default-user-icon accountability (Guest) 06 December 2012, 15:10

I wish that Mustapha's predictions materialize, and fsa/mourabitoun/sunnis (druze and christians are welcome to join) crush hizbala, once and for all...Forget popcorn! That day deserves nothing less than "Stone Destiny" at $500 for a 75 cl-bottle, with a Partagas Doble Corona, followed by a Monte Cristo A! While watching this funk phenomenon...

Default-user-icon Milad (Guest) 06 December 2012, 15:19

Love seeing our Army taking charge! Go hard boys, show no mercy. Any bastard holding arms - break his arm and lock him up...whislt at it shave his head and beard including his pubes!

Default-user-icon mazen (Guest) 06 December 2012, 16:14

indeed, very stupid people... just note how many end up at hospitals during the EUFA or FIFA cups.. ignorant supporters of foreign football teams end up fighting supporters of opposing teams.. same today..those with Assad versus those with the salafists.. Marhaba tomorrow, the future is BLACK!

Thumb positivneutral 06 December 2012, 17:14

What a bunch of simpletons these Bab El Tebbeneh & Jabal Mohsen. Get the hell out of Lebanon, and go fight your fights in Syria. Tripolitans, the surrounding areas and all Lebanese should be humiliated because of your stupidities.

Go to Syria, and never return! Their Lebanese Citizenship should be revoked!

Missing peace 06 December 2012, 17:51

true!

Thumb Elemental 06 December 2012, 18:27

Deportation.

Thumb LEBhasNOhope 06 December 2012, 22:53

Thumbs up my freind. Add to that a fair trial and reasonable jail sentences for the guilty and you have yourself a self governing state. Unfortunately it's only a dream at the moment.

Thumb Lebanon4life 06 December 2012, 23:01

Weak state , weak economy, unemployment , bad education -> people resort to violence and get used as tools to stir strife.

Missing anonymetexasusa 07 December 2012, 00:54

Can someone please explain to me what is the purpose of all this fighting.
I know that one camp is alawite/pro Bashar, the other is Sunni/Anti Bashar.
What's the point here??? Did they discover Gold or an Oil field in the middle of Syria street, and each side want to get their hands on it?
Are they dreaming that they can invade the other camp's neighborhood? I don't think they are that stupid to beleive that.
Or is it basically just some un-employed, good for nothing thugs for hire, that just grab their rifle, or RPG, and shoot at the othe side, whenever they hear some bad news on TV, or whenever they just want to blow off steam???
The army should blockade this neighborhood, bring in more troops and drag these Fxxkers out of there.
I swear there is no stupider, or more absurb fighting than this anywhere in the world.

Missing helicopter 07 December 2012, 04:32

Arrest them all, save the Tripoli civilians. Do the same with all other armed groups (including Hizb) and save Lebanon.