6 Hurt as Clashes Erupt between Jabal Mohsen, Bab al-Tabbaneh over 'Fireworks'

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Armed clashes erupted on Monday between the rival Tripoli districts of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh “over the launching of fireworks,” LBCI television reported.

Half an hour later, LBCI said the army managed to contain the situation.

State-run National News Agency said the situation had been tense in the area over the past two days over the launching of fireworks by the two sides.

Radio Voice of Lebanon (93.3) had reported that “all the frontiers of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh are witnessing a heavy exchange of gunfire and a man has been wounded.”

A security official told Agence France Presse that six people were wounded in the shootout -- three from Jabal Mohsen and three from Bab al-Tabbaneh.

Later on Monday, the Army Command issued a statement saying its units "staged pedestrian and motorized patrols in the area's neighborhoods in order to arrest the gunmen and restore total normalcy."

LBCI said the army fired heavily at the sources of gunfire in a bid to contain the situation.

The rival districts have been gripped by frequent fighting, reflecting a split between Lebanon's parties where the March 14-led opposition backs the revolt in Syria while a ruling coalition led by Hizbullah supports the Damascus regime.

More than 12 people were killed and some 100 others were wounded two months ago in clashes sparked by the arrest of Salafist activist Shadi al-Mawlawi at the hands of General Security agents on charges of trafficking arms to Syria.

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Thumb bigsami 20 August 2012, 19:08

Mish makoul how this country has deteriorated. Everyone has weapons and uses them freely without fear of a superior ruling government entity. We should all thank this to the SCUM HA who have preached power through the possession of arms. Only ONE entity - LAF - should posses weapons - PERIOD! Anyone found with weapons should be severely penalized let alone used on the LAF (life-time in prison to say the least). Unbelievable!

Missing allouchi 21 August 2012, 00:08

agree 100%

Thumb phoenician 20 August 2012, 20:32

How could anyone put a thumb down on the above statement,you are a proven thug Sir must hizb member.

Thumb bigsami 20 August 2012, 20:59

That's the problem Phoenician....unfortunately we still have regressed people who will never change their views and stuck in prehistoric times where rule by force, fear and use of weapons still prevails. Sad but true....

Thumb J_Sarkis 20 August 2012, 21:03

Why is it that someone launches a firework, and people decide to start shooting at each other. What is our country coming to if we can't even tolerate each other, how are we going to prosper as a country together?
And I totally agree with 'bigsami', the only people having guns in this country should be the army, then they wouldn't have to keep running out every day because citizens are shooting at each other

Thumb shab 20 August 2012, 23:43

This goverment is deteriorating paralle to the Syrian goverment.

Missing allouchi 21 August 2012, 00:11

All armed groups are mushrooming from Hizballa's illegal arms...we need to disarm Hizballa first and the move on to all another armed gangs...

Thumb J_Sarkis 21 August 2012, 08:18

I agree with you, but it is not that simple, our army is just not able to do it. Hizballa is too big and has too much power in the country, our army is not strong enough to disarm Hizballa. If we could do it though, it woukd be the greatest achievment of our government ever. If only.

Default-user-icon amir (Guest) 21 August 2012, 02:49

Here goes the next Ski season in Jabal Mohsen in flames....
Not fair

Default-user-icon i batache (Guest) 21 August 2012, 13:47

get rid of russias putin and we will all have peace