Raids Ongoing in Abra amid Reports that Asir Did Not Leave Sidon

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Army raids are ongoing in Abra neighborhood of the southern city of Sidon to look for gunmen who supported Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir in his clashes with the military institution, amid reports that the Imam of the Bilal bin Rabah mosque might have never left the city.

MTV reported on Wednesday that cautious calm is prevailing in Sidon, except for the sound of detonating explosive devices left in the battlefield.

It added that people coming to inspect their houses are prevented from approaching the area, as the army "has not yet finished its search for explosives and gunmen."

"Army patrols are roaming Abra and its surroundings and a checkpoint erected in the area is inspecting all vehicles passing in the neighborhood,” MTV noted.

"Men arrested during the clashes are being subjected to strict investigation,” the same source pointed out.

Al-Manar television revealed that a large number of rocket-propelled grenades were found in al-Asir's security zone, and that “offices, chairs and even water bottles were booby-trapped.”

Regarding al-Asir's fate, security sources told MTV that "the cleric's phone calls are being tracked."

"Investigation so far revealed that al-Asir is using an international number and that he is still in Sidon,” MTV announced.

Meanwhile, OTV reported that a Sidon figure was communicating with al-Asir “until the last hours of the battle,” revealing also that a Turkish mediator contacted the cleric and asked him to leave the port city and head to the north, “but no to (the northern city of) Tripoli.”

OTV stressed: “Investigation is ongoing and al-Asir did not head to Syria or to Tripoli.”

In another report, security sources told LBCI television that "al-Asir was still in he security zone at 7:00 pm on Sunday."

They elaborated: “A female neighbor of the cleric told investigators that he (al-Asir) came to the building around 6:00 pm Sunday and accompanied her to the basement where a group of people were hiding.”

"Al-Asir stayed with us for an hour and then he left,” she remarked.

"The siege around the zone was not completed yet on Sunday night, and there is a possibility that the cleric left the block along with 25-40 people during these hours,” the security sources explained.

They said, however, that “he might have never left the southern city and its surroundings.”

"Despite Palestinians denying that al-Asir has entered (the refugee camp of) Ain el-Helweh, and promising not hide him, we still have doubts that he might be there or in one of the city's mosques,” they said.

"And at Sunday night, he might have been transferred to another city.”

Al-Asir is being tracked through monitoring phone lines that were in his possession and other lines that he might have access to, the sources informed LBCI.

"We are also keeping an eye on his Facebook and Twitter accounts.”

At least 17 soldiers were killed and 50 were wounded in the clashes with the armed supporters of al-Asir in Sidon between Sunday and Monday.

More than 20 of al-Asir's supporters were killed, according to a security official.

Dozens of them were also arrested, but there was no sign of the cleric.

Comments 18
Thumb benzona 26 June 2013, 21:55

I hope he's making video tapes that will be dispatched to the press before army or Hezbollah murder him. I want to know the full truth, there are things being occulted. Such as the initial attack of his men against the army. I'm enclined to beleive he was set up and that they were hezbi operatives.

Default-user-icon abu bakr (Guest) 27 June 2013, 16:39

run rat run

Default-user-icon Ayribisfeir (Guest) 27 June 2013, 20:42

So if he said "we were set up" you would believe him? Just like that? Are you a 12 year old child?

I hope he releases a video telling the truth about Santa Clause. I am sure that would be exciting for you.

Thumb geha 26 June 2013, 22:14

Ashraf rifi on future has blasted everything and spilled all the truth.
it is now clear that hizbushaitan were shooting at the army too.
asir (although a scum) did not have that fire power they are talking about.
the army were dragged into this fight to do hizbushaitan job.
things are getting clearer.

Thumb benzona 26 June 2013, 22:37

You're over estimating the terrorists. If they were as powerful as you claim, the war in Syria would be over since lat year. LOL

Thumb benzona 27 June 2013, 00:11

John, so if your Hezbollah friends cannot win decisively against poor, untrained and poorly armed men in Syria, how in the hell could they defeat the Israeli mastodons armed to the teeth and super trained with unlimited resources?

hezbolahs weapons are USELESS against Israel. They're only useful against Syrian Sunni and today the Lebanese Sunni. And god knows who will be their next target. Anyone who stands on their way is blown off....

For god's sake.... If i slip on a banana, it's israel who put it there. Typical backward mentality.
No my friend, the banana was put there by an uneducated Shia kid who's parents don't pay electricity bills and who's brothers and sisters can afford driving an American made SUV who threaten anyone on the highway with their reckless driving. That's the truth my friend. So, I'm. Going to repeat again what I've been saying. CUT THE B.S. !!!!!

Default-user-icon omar (Guest) 26 June 2013, 22:16

+1 benzona, I have the feeling he did not fire the first, he's just talk and no action, but maybe reaction...

Thumb benzona 26 June 2013, 22:36

Agreed. We should rely on the locals... The true witnesses. I happen to have relatives there descending from a Sidonian family myself. Im gona call my cuz later tonight and see if there are news.

Thumb benzona 26 June 2013, 23:08

I will be honest, and won't edulcorate the facts.

You should know that my cuz in NOT M14, he never accepted voting and he sympathizes with ossama saad because he helps people in need regardless of their political affiliation and because ossama Saad's bureau is always open and can be found in it.

Missing VINCENT 26 June 2013, 23:23

Yalla... After almost 38 years of b.s. violence, killings, massacre, destruction of biblical proportions, it is not enough. Just couple more times to screw the country and the suffering peaceful remaining people. Shaab khara that do not deserve Lebanon. Pack your bags and go to Saudi Arabia and/or Iran.

Missing VINCENT 27 June 2013, 03:58

I agree. The invitation to leave Lebanon is for those who are oppressing the "suffering peaceful remaining people". The rest with their greed for money and outside foreign agenda do not have a place in Lebanese politics and decision making so the remaining, as you say, need to focus on the positive, secure a stable, peaceful and thriving Lebanon. It is tome to oust these short sighted, oppressive billionaires, the so called politicians, who have given each other membership in government portfolios and politics.

Missing --karim_m1 26 June 2013, 23:35

Find the terrorist, arrest him, and hang him.

Thumb benzona 27 June 2013, 00:33


Thumb geha 27 June 2013, 06:04

what happened in arsal is clear and you trying to twist it will not change it.
your hezbis went in to assassinate a guy from arsal, and when they got cornered they called the army for reinforcements, dragging them in the fight.

Missing helicopter 27 June 2013, 07:27

The army should hit hard but hit ALL. SO for the sake of Lebanon, all arms should be surrendered to the Government. Force can work short term but long term, equal treatment and justice is the only foundation upon which you can build a nation. Disarm everyone, starting with the Palastenians, SSNP, and all non-Lebanese entities and end with Hezb. One Nation, one army, one State. Equality and justice for all.

Default-user-icon dddd (Guest) 27 June 2013, 09:15

if Assir in one year term has gathered munitions like a regular army what did nasralou gather in his 30 years of so called resistance?

Missing thomas... 27 June 2013, 09:22

phoenix. the boots make a loud

Default-user-icon Ayribisfeir (Guest) 27 June 2013, 20:45

Allah, Hezbolla, w kil el messehiyyeh. Bess no Ouwet. You dogs can clean our toilets.