1 Dead, 7 Hurt in Fierce Clashes between Salafists, Pro-Hizbullah Group in Tripoliإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
One person was killed and seven others were hurt as fierce clashes spread to the heart of the northern city of Tripoli on Thursday, after a security plan by the Lebanese army managed to relatively contain the violence in the flashpoint districts of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen.
The army deployed in the souk area, restoring a tense calm four hours after the clash broke out between Salafists who support the revolt in Syria and pro-Damascus fighters, a security official told Agence France Presse.
Two of the wounded were soldiers, though the identity of the man killed in the firefight in the markets of central Tripoli had not been confirmed, the official said on condition of anonymity.
"A major clash in Tripoli's souks broke out between Salafists and fighters loyal to Hizbullah," a security source told AFP earlier on Thursday.
It is the first battle since 2008 in central Tripoli, although frequent Syria-related violence has raged in other districts.
It comes after some three weeks of sectarian fighting in the flashpoint Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhoods, during which around 40 people were killed.
The army deployed in force on Tripoli's main streets on Thursday, the official said on condition of anonymity, although the soldiers stayed clear of the strife-torn areas.
The central Tripoli battle saw Salafists fight members of the Syrian National Socialist Party, which supports the Assad regime.
Al-Jadeed television said “clashes between the al-Nashar and Hajar families in Tripoli's internal markets have left casualties.”
Al-Manar television said fighting erupted in Tripoli's gold market and the areas near Khan al-Saboun.
Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5) said ambulances rushed to the areas of the clashes and “the situation in Tripoli's internal markets is heading for further escalation.”
I wish positive. I'm pretty sure that bigsami is living in a better country than mine with interesting people around him.
Question, what are salafists and hezbollah supporters doing in Tripoli? Oh right, they have been living next to each other for 30 years but just now found their irreconcilable differences.
Two of the dirtiest parties, the biggest ennemies of Lebanon state fighting. salafists and ssnp. Compared to them, even hezbollah is pro-lebanon..
these 2 groups should annihilate each other.
I'm trying to imagine the scenario in which a son tells his family he is going fighting, or a son cowering under his mother's skirt in fear of the sound of gunshots -- the only remark that would prevent both scenarios from proceeding would be the family telling the son that the Army will protect its citizens, and that there is nothing to be afraid of.
So then, where's the Army ?
funny how poor neighborhoods are always fighting or ready to (dahiye, tarik eljdeed, mazraa, bab el tebbaneh, jabal mohsen....) and easily find money to buy expensive weapons... but finding money to improve people's welfare? nada! it shows how much they care about the people.... extremists recruiting is easy among poor people ,easy to buy and manipulate by telling them that all their troubles come from the others...
poor humanity, they will never learn from history!
These pesky Israelis. Look what they have done now. These Salafist and H.A. are totally innocent. Israel is the culprit and orchestrated this bloody confrontation between these two civilized, cultured, educated parties. Please don't insult any of the Lebanese and direct all your negative comments towards Israel. They are to blame not these Muslim extremists.
Yes realest, VINCENT makes sense... realist, do you really think those buildings in New York came down at free fall speed back in 2001... seriously dude... you got to get at the foundation of the building ... laws of physics do not lie but a Zionist American politician does...
Like the great lie made to all the Shia and all the good jews and all the good Americans and all the good Russians and all the good Lebanese ....
INFACT the conspiracy is HA(IRAN) and ZION are true friends to one another...
Proof of that just look at and keep watching world events between the lines for the last 150+ years Locally and internationally ...
NO! you don't want to analyze so much history... its OK, most people are as ignorant and it is truly a sad state for Humanity...
The Tyrants of the world are sadly winning and stealing our lives and money...
and you will have m8 guys deny hizbushaitan arming salafi groups loyal to them in Tripoli!
People seem to forget that a group of unarmed SSNP members were executed by Mustaqbal Salafists in 2008. That is why this is happening.
And SSNP are secular, but consists mainly of Sunnis and Christians.
al-Nursa knows it. The withdrawl from Aleppo if being planned on the basis of rumor of Hexbollah preparing to attack salafist positions in Aleppo. Only Lebanese salafists are stupid enough to want to fight Hezbollah, regardless of what the tired fat faced head of the FSA proclaims at a Press Conference. They play for real.Stupid boys called Gunmen blow up their own back yards and make their future lives more troublesome because,....well. really. besides hate ,stupidity, indoctrination, Why do they do this? Israel is the reason Hezbiollah exists and they have proven over and again to be your enemy and a constant destabilizing force in Lebanon. Divide and conquer.
Nonetheless, his visit and that of his newly minted Secretary of State, John Kerry, made lltite in the way of progress on the most intractable problems in the region. As one State Department official put it, We have gotten nowhere on the Iranian nuclear issue, Syria continues its slide into ever more violent chaos and lltite remarked upon but uppermost in the minds of many of us, is the downward economic and political spiral that is occuring in Egypt.Funny that, no mention of the MOST INTRACTABLE PROBLEM in the area. I-P! But then they regard it as an opportunity for Israel to continue its illegal colonization.