3 Syrian Diesel Tankers Torched in Tripoli, Gunmen Appear on Streets

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Three fuel tankers with Syrian plate numbers were torched on Thursday in an old wheat market in the northern city of Tripoli, the National News Agency reported.

"Seven tankers were attacked and their drivers were detained for a while before being released by the residents of (the northern area of) Bab al-Tabbaneh,” Agence France Presse elaborated.

One driver is still missing, a security source said.

AFP added: “While three tankers were torched, the four others were dismantled by the residents”.

"The attackers wrote slogans referring to (the Islamist anti-President Bashar Assad) al-Nusra Front on the tankers”.

The NNA had reported earlier on Thursday that Bab al-Tabbaneh residents intercepted a number of fuel tankers coming from Syria to transport diesel from Lebanon.

The NNA said in February that residents of al-Baddawi region in the northern Akkar had stopped several tankers transporting diesel to Syria.

Meanwhile, Radio Voice of Lebanon (93.3) said that unknown assailants opened fire at two gasoline trucks carrying Syrian license plates in Tripoli, prompting the army to deploy in the area.

Later on Thursday, Radio Voice of Lebanon (100.5) said "a diesel tanker exploded in Tripoli after being torched and black smoke is engulfing the city."

"An Energa rocket fell between Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh, amid reports of two wounded people and a tense situation in the area," it added.

This comes after several media outlets said on Tuesday that gasoline trucks have reportedly headed to Damascus after filling their tankers in Lebanon.

However, the Energy Ministry said that fuel tankers captured transporting oil to Syria are filled by private companies, stressing that the cabinet is not committed to the sanctions imposed on the neighboring country.

Comments 13
Thumb jcamerican 14 March 2013, 23:23

Maybe next trucker will make sure he is carrying chemical weapons and give these idiots the opportunity to light it up.

Missing helicopter 15 March 2013, 04:16

Two wrongs do not make a right. The fact that trespasses by one group were not dealt with (because they the State is weaker than Hezb) does not give any group the license to commit crimes. A true Lebanese will always be for Law and Order and dealing with crime in a just and swift way. We should continue to focus on building the State and the amry so we can deal with Hezb crimes as well. But allowing events such as this will only result in such crimes to mushroom throughout Lebanon and then kiss Lebanon goodbye.

Thumb jcamerican 15 March 2013, 14:35

Where in my comment do you see Iranian or Bashar support or a wish? Sorry if I upset you, didn't know that your life was so dependent on the outcome of Syria. Who is the low life now?

Missing samiam 14 March 2013, 23:30

If they were smart, they would have offloaded the fuel and used it in their own generators instead--that would give them a reason to thank ASSad.

Anyhow, this cabinet is pretty worthless so the frustration is understandable.

Thumb primesuspect 15 March 2013, 00:42

Not good news....

Missing hamoody 15 March 2013, 03:25

Allahu Akbar , keep up the good work my brothers

Missing helicopter 15 March 2013, 04:18

If you are Lebanese, your brothers should be all Lebanese (the ones who are Lebanese in mind and soul). If you are a Salafi, then you are on the right track.

Thumb jabal10452 15 March 2013, 07:44


Default-user-icon Sae Kubo in Tokyo (Guest) 15 March 2013, 03:57

Diesel is necessary for lebanese local people, terror group by Al-Queda name must not torch such exolisive tanker vehicle. The trade between Lebanon and Syria over fuel may have been exchanged at company level. By such horrendous attack lead you as felony severely.

Thumb ghada12 15 March 2013, 11:58

eltigar walla bravo to you that you understood what in heck sae kubo is saying!

Missing helicopter 15 March 2013, 04:20

Wrong, this will not be the "End of story". I am afraid such acts will be the beginning of a horror story that could bring Lebanon to its knees and could spell the "End of Lebanon". Law and Order is what we need past, present and future.

Thumb geha 15 March 2013, 05:03

the problem is with hizbushaitan and fpm:
they are doing everything possible to help this murderer Syrian regime, thus they are inviting others to counter them.
every action has a reaction.
however, we seem to be running quickly towards disintegration through a new civil war.

Missing helicopter 15 March 2013, 07:51

I am afraid so geha ... lets keep hoping for a better tomorrow, miracles do happen.