Seven people charged in northern Lebanon clashes


Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr charged on Tuesday seven people for being involved in the clashes that took place in Tripoli, National News Agency reported.

Those charged belong to both sides of the protesters, the report added but their names were not released

Armed clashes erupted in Tripoli on Friday following a rally in support of Syrian protesters. The military official of the Hezbollah and Syrian backed Arab Democratic Party, Ali Fares was killed and 6 others including one army soldier and a seven year old child. At least 59 others were reportedly injured and some are in serious condition .

Many analysts questioned why the Alawite party should have a military official .

Jabal Mohsen ( home of the Arab Democratic Party) and Bab al-Tabbaneh areas have been in recent years the scene of intense clashes between Sunni supporters of Lebanon’s former PM Saad Hariri and Alawites who are loyal to the Hezbollah-led coalition backed by Iran and Syria.

March 14 MP Hadi Hobeich said on Monday that weapons backed by Hezbollah were used in the clashes that broke out on Friday in northern Lebanon.