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3 killed in fighting over Syria in north lebanon

tripoli-lebanon-fighting.jpegThree people have been killed and about 40 wounded in two days of fighting in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli, security sources said on Monday, as sectarian violence spilled over from the civil war in Syria.

Rocket-propelled grenades and heavy gunfire shook the city overnight but the exchanges had tapered off into sporadic sniper fire by daytime. Four of the wounded were Lebanese soldiers trying to keep the warring sides apart, a security source said.

Syrian activists say the latest fighting in Tripoli, where an Alawite minority lives on a hill overlooking the mainly Sunni Muslim port city, was ignited by tensions over an assault by Syrian troops backed by Lebanon’s Shi’ite Hezbollah militia on the rebel-held Syrian border town of Qusair.

Sunnis in Lebanon mostly sympathize with a Sunni-led revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose minority Alawite sect is an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam.

Lebanese militants are believed to be crossing the border to join fighting in Syria on both sides of a conflict which has sometimes spilled over into Lebanon, especially in Tripoli.

The Syrian army offensive in Qusair is an attempt to recapture a town that straddles routes from Lebanon to the central crossroads city of Homs, which links Damascus to the north, as well as to Alawite strongholds on the coast.

Each side accuses the other of using Tripoli as a base for sending fighters and weapons in and out of Syria.

Reuters

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  • 5thDrawer

    Tripoli manages to keep women and kids shaking in fear, always at night, and that is Sunni ones too. The gangs of both ‘sides’ have more control than the military, or any government. While Lebanon is the ‘warring-place’ of the bigger countries, Tripoli is the little ‘war-zone’.

  • 5thDrawer

    Tripoli manages to keep women and kids shaking in fear, always at night, and that is Sunni ones too. The gangs of both ‘sides’ have more control than the military, or any government. While Lebanon is the ‘warring-place’ of the bigger countries, Tripoli is the little ‘war-zone’.

  • Reasonableman

    Very paradoxical doctrines we have, where there a dozens of troops sent to tripoli and yet nobody stopping the violations of hezballah and other guerilla forces but mainly hezballah on the syrian border. Fi2o 3a 7olkon ya jesh libnan.

    • AntiFSA

      Hang on Reasonable, before you give your spill, don’t forget the terrorist pigs that are also crossing the border to assist their animal brothers. It goes two ways.

      • Reasonableman

        I said both but hezballah mostly since they openley are doing it in the name of lebanon. FYI name calling isnt going to make them go away.
        The army has shot dead abu osama in tripoli and blocked all entry and exit to beb el tebeneh yet still we wait for them to send one unit to the border. Indeed we are witnessing the power of the tyrant inside lebanese politics.

        • AntiFSA

          And the Salifi terrorist in Tripoli who keep firing at the Alawite community, who’s name are they fighting in. You make me laugh reasonable, its Ok if someone you support does it, however if you do not support them, then its wrong. Instead you should be saying its wrong irrespective of who’s doing it.

          • Reasonableman

            Lek 7abib i didnt take sides in my opinion so clearly your reading wrong. If you think that hezballah and other guerilla forces going in and out of lebanon without nobody resisting is the right thing for lebanon thats up to you, quasayr can be hezballahs new graveyard. There is no incident report here nor an investigation files leaked on yalibnan to really know who is firing or who started first, me im totally against it on both sides. Ive seen and been in the middle of these jabal tebeneh fights it doesnt matter who they see so long as they seen a target they shoot hence the poor families suffering and nobody being able to open there shops to make a living is suffering enough. What my objective is in saying that the army goes running to tripoli but disreguards its borders is paradoxical, clearly the government is happy with the open border. If they were protected in the first place we wouldnt be dragged into a sectarian vacuum.

  • Reasonableman

    Very paradoxical doctrines we have, where there a dozens of troops sent to tripoli and yet nobody stopping the violations of hezballah and other guerilla forces but mainly hezballah on the syrian border. Fi2o 3a 7olkon ya jesh libnan.

    • http://twitter.com/AntiFSA AntiFSA

      Hang on Reasonable, before you give your spill, don’t forget the terrorist pigs that are also crossing the border to assist their animal brothers. It goes two ways.

      • Reasonableman

        I said both but hezballah mostly since they openley are doing it in the name of lebanon. FYI name calling isnt going to make them go away.
        The army has shot dead abu osama in tripoli and blocked all entry and exit to beb el tebeneh yet still we wait for them to send one unit to the border. Indeed we are witnessing the power of the tyrant inside lebanese politics.

        • http://twitter.com/AntiFSA AntiFSA

          And the Salifi terrorist in Tripoli who keep firing at the Alawite community, who’s name are they fighting in. You make me laugh reasonable, its Ok if someone you support does it, however if you do not support them, then its wrong. Instead you should be saying its wrong irrespective of who’s doing it.

          • Reasonableman

            Lek 7abib i didnt take sides in my opinion so clearly your reading wrong. If you think that hezballah and other guerilla forces going in and out of lebanon without nobody resisting is the right thing for lebanon thats up to you. There is no incident report here nor an investigation files leaked on yalibnan to really know who is firing or who started first, me im totally against it on both sides. Ive seen and been in the middle of these jabal tebeneh fights it doesnt matter who they see so long as they seen a target they shoot hence the poor families suffering and nobody being able to open there shops to make a living is suffering enough. What my objective is in saying that the army goes running to tripoli but disreguards its borders is paradoxical, clearly the government is happy with the open border. If they were protected in the first place we wouldnt be dragged into a sectarian vacuum.

      • SunnaRepublicOfLebanon

        only you and hizboshaytan are shia and alawi terrorists ya kazer ya kafer shi tiktik shi shi3a

        • http://twitter.com/AntiFSA AntiFSA

          Thankyou for your kind words ya jahash ibn Jahash

          • SunnaRepublicOfLebanon

            allah ysam7ak ya ghabi ya kafer

        • LEBANON101

          i dont like hizballah , but if u are going to go around and claim lebanon as a sunna republic i will be the first one to help them mop you up. lebanon is for all sunni christian shia druze. FOR EVERYONE

          • SunnaRepublicOfLebanon

            brother, there is no salvation except in sunnat allah wal rassoul

  • Leborigine

    Tooronga Zoo is more civilised than this $hithole!

  • Leborigine

    Tooronga Zoo is more civilised than this $hithole!

  • AntiFSA

    Thankyou for your kind words ya jahash ibn Jahash

  • LEBANON101

    i dont like hizballah , but if u are going to go around and claim lebanon as a sunna republic i will be the first one to help them mop you up. lebanon is for all sunni christian shia druze. FOR EVERYONE