Intermittent Gunfire Heard in Tripoli as Gunmen Erect Checkpoints

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Sporadic gunfire was heard on Saturday in the northern city of Tripoli as gunmen erected checkpoints and began inspecting the ids of passersby, a day after two deadly blasts that targeted the city.

The calm in the city was violated by intermittent gunfire, in particular, in Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood and the area surrounding it, the state-run National news agency reported.

On Friday, powerful car bombs exploded outside two Sunni mosques in Tripoli, killing at least 45 people and wounding hundreds.

The first bomb struck in the city center at the al-Salam mosque as worshipers were still inside.

The second explosion struck just minutes later outside al-Taqwa mosque, about two kilometers away, near the port.

Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) reported that fire erupted in a car on Friday over night in the city near al-Mallouleh bridge after unknown assailants opened fire at it.

Several media outlets also reported that gunmen established checkpoints across the city and began inspecting ids of passersby and vehicles.

Al-Jadeed channel reported that the Lebanese army cordoned off Abou Ali roundabout in Tripoli after information obtained on a suspicious car.

Meanwhile, the residents of the neighborhoods surrounding al-Salam and al-Taqwa mosques and civil defense teams began removing the mess caused by the blasts amid heavy army and security forces deployment.

Some residents used shovels and brooms to clean up shards of glass and shrapnel that littered the pavement in front of nearby shops.

A team of forensic experts was sorting through the mangled wreckage at the blast sites.

Tripoli has seen frequent Syria-related violence during the past two years, including waves of deadly clashes.

Lebanon is officially neutral in Syria's conflict, but the country is deeply divided.

Comments 16
Thumb Roaring-FlameThrower 24 August 2013, 10:02

So cute those peace loving lebanese in this photo. Once they go home and sit at their keyboards, one turns into a flamethrower, another into a mowaten, a karim, a southern, a wolfe, and openly discuss their views:)

Missing mr_raad 24 August 2013, 12:21

SHIA HEZBALLAHT IRAN, the evil satanic cult who claim to love Hussian ra, I swear if Hussian was alive he would be the first to put a sword to the radidah zoroastian shia/

Thumb benzona 24 August 2013, 15:18

RFT, tiger tony is jaleous you didn't mention his name ;-)

Thumb cedre 24 August 2013, 15:56

RFT rules, unlike Nassy 3aw 3aws...

Thumb geha 24 August 2013, 10:09

with each region exerting their own security measures, we are slipping fast now into civil war.

Thumb benzona 24 August 2013, 15:20

No. Phil, to Christians and to Muslims who beleive in democracy.... Nasrallah has always been a terrorist, the EU just opened its eyes.... 3abel Russia and China also realize this.

Thumb scorpyonn 24 August 2013, 10:19

This reminds me of the 70's when gunmen started roaming the streets. SHame on us for siding with foreigners against our own people.

Thumb scorpyonn 24 August 2013, 10:20

This reminds me of the 70's when gunmen started roaming the streets. SHame on us for siding with foreigners against our own people.

Thumb Minister 24 August 2013, 10:39

There is still hope..

Default-user-icon Peter (Guest) 24 August 2013, 12:25

Why are you so often insulting each other in these comments instead of discussing how you can overcome the differences and strengthen Lebanon instead of only supporting a specific leader, tribe or religion?

Missing coolmec 24 August 2013, 12:50

so tigertony
you are advocating harmony amongst all Lebanese huh?
you could have fooled me dude!!!

Thumb benzona 24 August 2013, 15:26

Bachar instigated this because he's about to fall off his throne.
I do hope Asma will get her share of punishment like ex 1st lady ben Ali.

Thumb cedre 24 August 2013, 16:02

LAF just let hundreds of hizbos cross to Syria for an assault on East Ghouta, to finish off those people that have just been gazed...
This army is supposed to protect us, even Vichy did not collaborate that much with the nazis...

Thumb benzona 24 August 2013, 22:54

Phénix, ma khtalafna there is a Syrian hand behind the past tragic events. But not any Syrian hand, we have another Samaha on our soil. And most likely a backup to the second one as well.(if I were Bachar, I'd have learned from my previous mistake). But m14 isn't accusing M8 of being behind the attacks, but a composant of the m8 alliance: Hezbollah. They are Bachar's tool in Syria and Lebanon although they serve two masters. One in damascus, and another one in Tehran. I keep repeating the same thing, if we want to move on and to forgive the followers, we need to judge the leaders for their crimes. We've been waiting since 2005.... And those laws of amnesty won't do it. Imagine, even Pakistan is more democratic than Lebanon. They arrested Musharraf for the assassination of Bouto.

We need the same here with Nasrallah, and the other accomplices.

Missing helicopter 24 August 2013, 15:34

The fracture the1phoenix is talking about exists in this forum just like it does on the streets.
I am assuming everyone on this forum has College education, please use that education to unite and to the benefit of the Lebanese State and its army (not to Sectarian and militia agendas). People do not realize what we have until we lose it.
Watch your thought, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions they become your destiny.

Thumb cedre 24 August 2013, 16:06

big difference between people arguing on naharnet, and thugs with yellow teeth and Zulfiqar tatoos humiliating/abusing sunnis with beards or niqabs at dahieh/arsal checkpoints.