One Soldier Killed, 6 Wounded in Tripoli as Residents Protest Troops' Measures

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A soldier was killed and 6 others were wounded on Thursday evening as tension soared again in the northern city of Tripoli.

In addition to the usual clashes between the rival neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen, the northern city also witnessed a demonstration by residents protesting the army's measures in the area.

“Clashes resumed on Thursday when troops attempted to defend al-Jadeed television crew that came under attack while covering the situation in (Tripoli's) Syria street,” a communique released by the military institution said.

The statement detailed: “Gunmen intercepted the crew, which called for an intervention by troops present in the area. This soon erupted into clashes between gunmen and the army's soldiers, and later led to renewing the fighting between Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen.”

A shootout had also erupted between the army and some gunmen at the Malloula roundabout, reported the state-run National News Agency.

"The clashes led to injuring seven soldiers, among them two in critical conditions.”

The NNA said one of the wounded soldiers in A.A., noting that he was transferred to a hospital for treatment.

However, later in the evening a security official told Agence France Presse that a soldier was killed after receiving a bullet in the head.

The communique said the troops continued to respond to the sources of fire and have cordoned off the Al-Sheikh building, where gunmen were positioned, to “arrest them and bring them to justice.”

Later in the evening, northern residents took to the streets to protest the newly adopted measures of the military institution in Tripoli.

Another army communique said Abdul Hamid Mohammed Awad "led the protests, beat up a citizen and acted violently against soldier."

The protesters marched towards the army barrack in Tripoli's al-Qobbeh region, the NNA said.

LBCI television said gunshots were fired near the eastern entrance of the army barrack in al-Qobbeh as protesters reached the area, noting also that Shadi al-Mawlawi and his brother Nizar were among the first to advance towards the military quarter.

Radio Voice of Lebanon (93.3) added that the international road was blocked near al-Abdeh area to “demand removing the siege imposed on Bab al-Tabbaneh.”

“The army fired gunshots to prevent a group of men from advancing towards the al-Qobbeh, which made them leave the area,” LBCI said.

The army announced that the troops are trying to disperse protesters near al-Qobbeh.

Bab al-Tabbaneh residents' spokesperson Sheikh Khaled al-Sayyed warned that actions will be taken against the military institution, if troops do not “immediately withdraw” from the neighborhood.

“We give the army a short deadline to withdraw from Bab al-Tabbaneh and stop the raids, or else, we will act against it on all axes,” he said.

Commenting on Thursday's tension, Salafist cleric Dai al-Islam al-Shahhal called for a large-scale protest after Friday's prayers in al-Mansouri Grand mosque in the city “to call for calm and to prevent the use of the army forces to confront Sunnis.”

“Sunnis will not be the victims and the solution to the crisis in Tripoli is through dialogue and just politics, and it starts with arresting criminals in Jabal Mohsen,” the media office of al-Shahhal said.

An urgent also meeting got underway in Tripoli Salafist cleric Sheikh Salem al-Rafei's office to tackle the tension, LBCI said.

The meeting called for a "day of anger" and for protests on Friday, OTV said.

The Army Command had issued a communique earlier on Thursday pointing out that “Rami Seifeddine Hassoun and Bilal Naser Hassoun, were detained over several arrest warrants and for opening fire on several occasions.”

“Abdul Hamid Mohammed Awad was also arrested for assaulting another compatriot on Wednesday morning and attacking a soldier earlier,” the statement added.

The army added that its units has removed several barricades and obstacles that were set up in the areas that has witnessed clashes.

Meanwhile, State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr charged three people who hail from Jabal Mohsen on charges of forming “two politically and militarily feuding groups to carry out terrorist acts in the city.”

The charges also included involvement in gunfire exchange, attempting to kill civilians and soldiers, as well as destructing buildings and vandalizing public and private establishments.

Saqr referred the suspects to First Military Investigation Judge Riyad Abu Ghida.

On Wednesday night, unknown assailants tossed two stun grenades at Syria street, which separates the rival neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh.

Hundreds of policemen from different parts of Lebanon have been sent to Tripoli to help improve security, working under the army's command.

The army has been authorized to take charge of security in Tripoli for six months following the deadly sectarian clashes by rival sides stemming from the civil war in neighboring Syria.

At least 10 people have been killed and 100 others wounded in clashes between the rival Tripoli neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen since Saturday.

Tensions soared in the city in August when twin car bombings hit Sunni mosques and left hundreds of casualties.

The latest round of violence erupted last week when Jabal Mohsen residents were shot in their feet in vengeful sectarian attacks.

Comments 11
Missing --karim_m2-- 05 December 2013, 12:47

God bless the Lebanese Army.

Thumb ado.australia 05 December 2013, 19:10

the1phoenix... Don't think too much into it. The army must prevail. All sides that attack the LAF must be crushed. Whether they are from Jabal Moshen or bab al tabbaneh. The army is in charge of tripoli and any attack or resistance to the LAF must be crushed! Godspeed ya watan! Tripoli first then every square meter of the 10456m2 of our beloved nation!

Thumb ado.australia 05 December 2013, 19:19

The Syrian government has encouraged and promoted areas that are beyond the LAF control. Don't forget it was the LAF that was defeated in October 1990! it hasn't been allowed to enforce its soverign right over all of our Lebanese republic! God bless Lebanon! Palestinian camps, southern suburbs of Beirut, tripoli, the bekaa!! The reasons are all known but know we have an oppunity to fulfill our destiny and control all our 10456m2 of land! Just as president sheik bashir gemayel once prophesized! Every square meter is Lebanese, controlled by the LAF! Hezbollah won't refuse or object... That's what they want.... The fear is, as always, that Lebanese put foreigners and foriegn problems before Lebanese! Trust each other and forget about foreign agendas and we can come out winners instead of losers!

Thumb LebCynic 05 December 2013, 21:42

I wonder where geha is? After all he is the cheer leader for bab-tebeneh terrorists.. This is a perfect example of what Tripoli is being turned into. These filthy extremists fighting the army in objection of the army doing its duty. Why are we all led to believe that the Alawites of Jabal Mohsen are the problem? Based on all media reports the army has entered their area without incident. Any hand that turns on our army should be cut off. Where is Mr Harriri now and his M14 Saudi pawns? After all they are the ministers that represent these thugs, or are they just good at justifying their crimes and terror activities via tv interviews? M14 please explain why your people are attacking our army for carrying out their duties???

Missing watan-libnan 05 December 2013, 23:12

I believe the government and leaders should focus on some of the causes to these clashes which i think would be the high unemployment and lack of education throughout tripoli, people have to start living and let live and understand there is more to life than war and killing.

Thumb LebCynic 05 December 2013, 23:28

Couldn't agree more with your comment, however the extremist mind set and brain washing that takes place in parts of these arrears wouldn't allow education and progression as it threatens their ideology and existence.

Default-user-icon Shlombardo Siffasouf (Guest) 05 December 2013, 23:56

This is another proof that Sannis are all alike: THEY ARE LUNATICS. Why? I told you a hundred times why: they all are infected by the genetic mutation known as Sannis Lunaticus Berserki, and it is only a matter of time before it exhibits itself. The best way to deal with the lunatics is the American way: shoot to kill. Any sniper volunteers available?

Thumb LebCynic 06 December 2013, 03:35

It's proven that Jabal Mohsen is behind the bombing? Wow you are a fast mover,,, what is the proof, where is the evidence? Who proved it was Jabal Mohsen? Please disclose your sources so people reading your nonsense are not mislead by your takfiri propaganda..

Thumb LebCynic 06 December 2013, 03:41

@anonymetexasusa I think you should put up your name for presidential election seeing you are so aware of the situation. I mean just the NON facts you present are so impressive it's actually entertaining. Just your baseless claims against Jabal Mohsen shows how sectarian you are and based on your screen name I am assuming your in USA, if that's the case, thank you god because the last thing Tripoli needs is another extremist screaming takbirrrrrrrr.

Thumb LebCynic 06 December 2013, 04:25

Ali Eid has openly said he is happy to cooperate with any security agency other than ISF as they are not impartial, Mr Eid said that due to the incompetency of the ISF with the strategic leaking of information of the investigation relating to alawites from Jabal Mohsen. I completely acknowledge that they have arrested a number of residence from Jabal Mohsen but why have none of them been officially charged? Ahmad Ali Eids driver has no formal charges against him. ISF are making a joke of the Lebanese judiciary.

Default-user-icon majid alam (Guest) 06 December 2013, 04:44

Attacking the ponly non biased news outlet in lebanon is dirty.. im from tripoli the only reason i can notice the attack on the cameraman was a clear indication that theyre trying to hide something.. gi the army get the trash off our streets., end of story