4 wounded in grenade explosion in north lebanon


A Lebanese woman and three children were wounded late Wednesday when a rocket-propelled grenade exploded in the northern port city of Tripoli, police said.

The grenade hit the al-Kowaa area that separates the neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen,( mainly inhabited by Alawites who support Hezbollah), and Bab al-Tabbaneh, (mainly inhabited by Sunnis who support PM Saad Hariri.)

The woman and children, who suffered shrapnel wounds, were taken to a hospital in Tripoli, police said.

Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh areas have been witnessing similar incidents in the past few years.

Tension escalated in Lebanon following reports that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon will soon issue its indictment into the 2005 assassination of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Last July, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that the tribunal is “an Israeli project” that will indict Hezbollah members. Nasrallah accused Israel of being behind Hariri’s assassination but refused to provide the evidence to STL to support his claim. Hezbollah and its March 8 allies have been calling for the abolition of STL

There are concerns that should the court indict Hezbollah members, it could lead to a Shiite-Sunni strife. DPA



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