Another grenade exploded in Tripoli, N.Lebanon


Another grenade exploded Saturday in the Tripoli wheat market of Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood in the northern Lebanon city of Tripoli , according to local reports.

Security forces arrived at the scene to investigate the incident.

This is the second such incident in the same district within 2 days

Nobody was reportedly injured, but some property was damaged.

A grenade exploded outside a Sunni Muslim cemetery in the same impoverished district on Friday evening, without causing any casualties or damage.

Some reports pointed to Hezbollah as being behind a terror campaign to assume power in Lebanon.

Hezbollah reportedly is exerting pressure on the Tripoli MPs to support its candidate for the premiership.

Hezbollah also reportedly exerted a lot of pressure on MP Walid Jumblatt to force him to side with their premiership candidate according to National Liberal Party leader MP Dori Chamoun who was elected on MP Walid Jumblatt’s list during the last election.

“A lot of pressure was exerted on Jumblatt by the Hezbollah led opposition and Syria”, Chamoun said during a press conference on Friday.

Tripoli has in the past few years been the scene of intense clashes between Sunni supporters of Prime Minister Saad Hariri Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood and Alawite Muslims ( same religion as Syrian president Bashar al Assad) loyal to the Iranian and Syrian Hezbollah-led alliance in the Jabel Mohsen neighborhood

Lebanon’s Western-backed government collapsed Jan. 12 after Hezbollah and its allies resigned from the Cabinet in a dispute over a U.N. backed court investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, father of current caretaker PM Saad Hariri.

The court, Special Tribunal for Lebanon ( STL) which is widely expected to accuse the Shiite Hezbollah militant group, filed a sealed draft indictment Monday, touching off a process many fear could ignite new bloodshed nearly six years after the massive truck bombing along Beirut’s waterfront that killed Hariri.