Five dead, dozens wounded in Lebanon clashes

Five people were killed and more than 70 wounded in clashes between Alawite supporters of  Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Sunni Muslims in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, medical sources said on Monday.

Fierce clashes shook the northern port city overnight and sporadic fighting continued on Monday, as fighters holed up in bullet-scarred buildings fired machineguns and rocket propelled grenades.

Tension between the Alawite and Sunni communities in Tripoli has been fuelled by the unrest in neighbouring Syria where Assad seeks to crush a 14-month-old revolt that began with largely peaceful protests but has become increasingly militarised.

 

Assad is from the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam whereas the revolt has been led by the majority Sunni Muslims.

A small Alawite minority is concentrated in Tripoli, a conservative Sunni city where many residents have been enraged by the Syrian government’s crackdown.

Clashes began late on Saturday and three people were killed at the weekend in the city’s Alawite enclave and surrounding Sunni Muslim neighbourhoods.

The fighting in Tripoli, 70 km (43 miles) from Beirut, highlights how sectarian tensions in Syria can spill into Lebanon. Buildings in the area are still riddled with bullet holes from similar clashes earlier in the year.

Islamist groups and officials were meeting in Tripoli on Monday to try to solve the crisis.

“So far there is no agreement to deploy the army. They are afraid of creating another conflict between the army and the fighters,” said one cleric at the meeting, who asked not to be named. “I’m worried the problems here in Tripoli will only spread until they agree on doing something.”

Among the deaths at the weekend was a soldier hit by sniper fire. Sporadic fighting also took place between armed Sunnis and the Lebanese army near a main Sunni district, and security sources said military has been reticent to become dragged into the conflict.

Tension in Tripoli had been rising over the detention of Islamists and clashes started after police broke up a sit-in against the arrest of Shadi al-Moulawi.

A court on Monday charged Moulawi for involvement with an unnamed terrorist organisation. He will be sent for a military trial, a court source said.

Lebanon’s porous border has been used by supporters of the Syrian uprising to smuggle arms and supplies to the opposition.

Islamists say Moulawi was working with refugees who had fled to Lebanon. A statement by al-Jamaa al-Islamiya, an Islamist group in Tripoli, criticised his arrest as lacking due process. Police said he was arrested after thorough surveillance.

  • Hannibal

    It is time to storm and get rid of Lebanese Baath once and for all… The ones captured give them to the Syrian refugees to have fun with… After all this suffering they can use some entertainment…

  • It is time to storm and get rid of Lebanese Baath once and for all… The ones captured give them to the Syrian refugees to have fun with… After all this suffering they can use some entertainment…

  • Fauzia45

    What folly!!¨The better to keep their thrones and ease of mind did they arm the Druse against the Arab and stir up the Shite against the Sunnite,,,,,,!!!¨   Khalil Gibran 

    • It’s a nightmare for Lebanon and the whole middle east.Foreign elements such as Iran, Turkey, KSA are using Lebanon (as well as Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen) as their playground. Like the Soviets and the Nazis in the Spanish civil war. 

      • Constantin7

        We, the Lebanese, have not learnt a thing from 15 years of war, death and destruction. People in Tripoli, are controlled by islamist extremists who are enticing them through religion and sectarism to fight, to go for the Jihad and pump their mind and souls for killing and revolting, and the poor ignorant people and youngsters (apparently even children are shooting in the streets) are listening to and following these bearded, long white abaya clothed “religious” people in order to kill in the name of ALLAH. What a religion!!!!
        Don’t misunderstand me, I am completely against Assad and his brutal policies, but the alternative is another disaster. Being Lebanese, I’ll talk just for Lebanon, I don’t like at all seeing 2 of the biggest cities in Lebanon (Tripoli and Saida) turn into areas controlled by the salafists, Muslim brotherhood or the Jamaa Islamiya, these are the real terrorists that we have to stop in Lebanon and control tightly, as they follow the true Islam…..and want to KILL in the name of ALLAH, truly believing that they are pleasing ALLAH by killing…..just disgusting! 

        • yazidi

          you are very wrong, first have you been in tripoli at all!!???….people are defending their families and homes against those alwites thugs..exactly what is hapening in syria the childrens get shot in the head where they hiding in bed so its very easy to bla bla bla when your not knowing what happen..and ohhh by the way you said salafist,muslim brotherhood…..what about faqihi hezboshytan terrorist?!! is it in your silly book yet…unless your among those thugs….

          • 5thDrawer

            Yes Yazidi … the women and small children of both sides always take the brunt of the senseless shooting that goes on … suffer the most in the underground parking garages trying to stay out of the bullets flying everywhere and anywhere, and worried they can’t get food and water for the next day. The fear everywhere is thick enough to cut with a fork.
            The first fear of ALL the women is rape, of course. By police, by army, by any ‘side’ that happens to ‘catch’ a woman or group of women alone. That is because it happens even when there is ‘peace’, of course. No woman in Lebanon wants to be taken to a police station for ‘questioning’. And we can see the results of the politicised ‘army’ – which stands aside and lets kids with guns run around – although those kids feel they must protect their mothers, I am sure. It is the ‘Muddle East’. And a mess of conflicting ‘sides’. And there is no respect for anything but ‘power of god’ – which can be any little despot in a city block with an RPG.
            Damn Assad for his crude methods and his own ideology … but one thing he had right was the disarming of a populous which wants to shoot at the ‘other’ religion all the time. Here, the army is afraid to be an army OF a country … and thus it is not a country. Obviously Nastyrallah was right about not being the only armed group in Lebanon … although he has the biggest guns for sure and will use them against anyone who doesn’t fit in his plans – either local or foreign. They are all terrorists – of women, children, the weak and the mild – of the ones who live with the fear and suffer endlessly in a ‘democratic’ showplace which cannot even be a real democracy without ‘control’ of the process … and then control of the elected after voting takes place.
            Allah is Akbar, and men pull the triggers on all the words of peace. Thugs, yes. Educated in the most basic way possible – kill or be killed; taught that other humans are animals unless they are of the same ‘sect’. Taught to be defenders of a useless system run by little megalomaniacs where even the top ‘leaders’ of the country don’t lead for the sake of the women and children and to have peaceful productive lives for all, but only for a failed Ideology of Existence.
            Some are capable humans. No wonder there are 4x as many ‘Lebanese’ living elsewhere becoming something else. Free.

          • 5thDrawer

            Yes Yazidi … the women and small children of both sides always take the brunt of the senseless shooting that goes on … suffer the most in the underground parking garages trying to stay out of the bullets flying everywhere and anywhere, and worried they can’t get food and water for the next day. The fear everywhere is thick enough to cut with a fork.
            The first fear of ALL the women is rape, of course. By police, by army, by any ‘side’ that happens to ‘catch’ a woman or group of women alone. That is because it happens even when there is ‘peace’, of course. No woman in Lebanon wants to be taken to a police station for ‘questioning’. And we can see the results of the politicised ‘army’ – which stands aside and lets kids with guns run around – although those kids feel they must protect their mothers, I am sure. It is the ‘Muddle East’. And a mess of conflicting ‘sides’. And there is no respect for anything but ‘power of god’ – which can be any little despot in a city block with an RPG.
            Damn Assad for his crude methods and his own ideology … but one thing he had right was the disarming of a populous which wants to shoot at the ‘other’ religion all the time. Here, the army is afraid to be an army OF a country … and thus it is not a country. Obviously Nastyrallah was right about not being the only armed group in Lebanon … although he has the biggest guns for sure and will use them against anyone who doesn’t fit in his plans – either local or foreign. They are all terrorists – of women, children, the weak and the mild – of the ones who live with the fear and suffer endlessly in a ‘democratic’ showplace which cannot even be a real democracy without ‘control’ of the process … and then control of the elected after voting takes place.
            Allah is Akbar, and men pull the triggers on all the words of peace. Thugs, yes. Educated in the most basic way possible – kill or be killed; taught that other humans are animals unless they are of the same ‘sect’. Taught to be defenders of a useless system run by little megalomaniacs where even the top ‘leaders’ of the country don’t lead for the sake of the women and children and to have peaceful productive lives for all, but only for a failed Ideology of Existence.
            Some are capable humans. No wonder there are 4x as many ‘Lebanese’ living elsewhere becoming something else. Free.

          • Constantin7

            By the way, I am also completely against Hizbullah and their arms and any armed group in Lebanon other than the army and the police. I did not talk about Hizbullah because it is not the subject here, and I am not a pro or con-alawite either, but logically any minority when it feels threatened becomes agrresive, so the alawites in Tripoli are a small minority and afraid so they are reacting agressively, as there is no army or police to protect anybody in Lebanon, the alawites are being defensive. This is the same scenario that happened in Mount Lebanon between the Druze and Christians, when the christians went to the chouf and Aley with their arms, the Druzes felt threatened and became very aggressive killing hundreds (if not thousands) of innocent christian villagers. In the case of the salafists and islamists they are brain washing people’s minds in the name of religion and ALLAH and entice them to fight and kill, this is much more dangerous than the armed Alawites or Hizbullah. These extremists in Lebanon are a danger to the christians, the alawites, the shiaa and to the druze, basically to all minorities, and should be  tightly controlled, and any Sunni leader who backs these extremists is finished politically, and for this reason neither Hariri nor Mikati nor Dar-el-fatwa, at least publicly, support these groups. 

  • Fauzia45

    What folly!!¨The better to keep their thrones and ease of mind did they arm the Druse against the Arab and stir up the Shite against the Sunnite,,,,,,!!!¨   Khalil Gibran 

  • Fauzia45

    What folly!!¨The better to keep their thrones and ease of mind did they arm the Druse against the Arab and stir up the Shite against the Sunnite,,,,,,!!!¨   Khalil Gibran 

  • It’s a nightmare for Lebanon and the whole middle east.Foreign elements such as Iran, Turkey, KSA are using Lebanon (as well as Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen) as their playground. Like the Soviets and the Nazis in the Spanish civil war. 

    • Constantin7

      We, the Lebanese, have not learnt a thing from 15 years of war, death and destruction. People in Tripoli, are controlled by islamist extremists who are enticing them through religion and sectarism to fight, to go for the Jihad and pump their mind and souls for killing and revolting, and the poor ignorant people and youngsters (apparently even children are shooting in the streets) are listening to and following these bearded, long white abaya clothed “religious” people in order to kill in the name of ALLAH. What a religion!!!!
      Don’t misunderstand me, I am completely against Assad and his brutal policies, but the alternative is another disaster. Being Lebanese, I’ll talk just for Lebanon, I don’t like at all seeing 2 of the biggest cities in Lebanon (Tripoli and Saida) turn into areas controlled by the salafists, Muslim brotherhood or the Jamaa Islamiya, these are the real terrorists that we have to stop in Lebanon and control tightly, as they follow the true Islam…..and want to KILL in the name of ALLAH, truly believing that they are pleasing ALLAH by killing…..just disgusting! 

  • It’s a nightmare for Lebanon and the whole middle east.Foreign elements such as Iran, Turkey, KSA are using Lebanon (as well as Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen) as their playground. Like the Soviets and the Nazis in the Spanish civil war. 

    • Constantin7

      We, the Lebanese, have not learnt a thing from 15 years of war, death and destruction. People in Tripoli, are controlled by islamist extremists who are enticing them through religion and sectarism to fight, to go for the Jihad and pump their mind and souls for killing and revolting, and the poor ignorant people and youngsters (apparently even children are shooting in the streets) are listening to and following these bearded, long white abaya clothed “religious” people in order to kill in the name of ALLAH. What a religion!!!!
      Don’t misunderstand me, I am completely against Assad and his brutal policies, but the alternative is another disaster. Being Lebanese, I’ll talk just for Lebanon, I don’t like at all seeing 2 of the biggest cities in Lebanon (Tripoli and Saida) turn into areas controlled by the salafists, Muslim brotherhood or the Jamaa Islamiya, these are the real terrorists that we have to stop in Lebanon and control tightly, as they follow the true Islam…..and want to KILL in the name of ALLAH, truly believing that they are pleasing ALLAH by killing…..just disgusting! 

      • yazidi

        you are very wrong, first have you been in tripoli at all!!???….people are defending their families and homes against those alwites thugs..exactly what is hapening in syria the childrens get shot in the head where they hiding in bed so its very easy to bla bla bla when your not knowing what happen..and ohhh by the way you said salafist,muslim brotherhood…..what about faqihi hezboshytan terrorist?!! is it in your silly book yet…unless your among those thugs….

        • 5thDrawer

          Yes Yazidi … the women and small children of both sides always take the brunt of the senseless shooting that goes on … suffer the most in the underground parking garages trying to stay out of the bullets flying everywhere and anywhere, and worried they can’t get food and water for the next day. The fear everywhere is thick enough to cut with a fork.
          The first fear of ALL the women is rape, of course. By police, by army, by any ‘side’ that happens to ‘catch’ a woman or group of women alone. That is because it happens even when there is ‘peace’, of course. No woman in Lebanon wants to be taken to a police station for ‘questioning’. And we can see the results of the politicised ‘army’ – which stands aside and lets kids with guns run around – although those kids feel they must protect their mothers, I am sure. It is the ‘Muddle East’. And a mess of conflicting ‘sides’. And there is no respect for anything but ‘power of god’ – which can be any little despot in a city block with an RPG.
          Damn Assad for his crude methods and his own ideology … but one thing he had right was the disarming of a populous which wants to shoot at the ‘other’ religion all the time. Here, the army is afraid to be an army OF a country … and thus it is not a country. Obviously Nastyrallah was right about not being the only armed group in Lebanon … although he has the biggest guns for sure and will use them against anyone who doesn’t fit in his plans – either local or foreign. They are all terrorists – of women, children, the weak and the mild – of the ones who live with the fear and suffer endlessly in a ‘democratic’ showplace which cannot even be a real democracy without ‘control’ of the process … and then control of the elected after voting takes place.
          Allah is Akbar, and men pull the triggers on all the words of peace. Thugs, yes. Educated in the most basic way possible – kill or be killed; taught that other humans are animals unless they are of the same ‘sect’. Taught to be defenders of a useless system run by little megalomaniacs where even the top ‘leaders’ of the country don’t lead for the sake of the women and children and to have peaceful productive lives for all, but only for a failed Ideology of Existence.
          Some are capable humans. No wonder there are 4x as many ‘Lebanese’ living elsewhere becoming something else. Free.

        • Constantin7

          By the way, I am also completely against Hizbullah and their arms and any armed group in Lebanon other than the army and the police. I did not talk about Hizbullah because it is not the subject here, and I am not a pro or con-alawite either, but logically any minority when it feels threatened becomes agrresive, so the alawites in Tripoli are a small minority and afraid so they are reacting agressively, as there is no army or police to protect anybody in Lebanon, the alawites are being defensive. This is the same scenario that happened in Mount Lebanon between the Druze and Christians, when the christians went to the chouf and Aley with their arms, the Druzes felt threatened and became very aggressive killing hundreds (if not thousands) of innocent christian villagers. In the case of the salafists and islamists they are brain washing people’s minds in the name of religion and ALLAH and entice them to fight and kill, this is much more dangerous than the armed Alawites or Hizbullah. These extremists in Lebanon are a danger to the christians, the alawites, the shiaa and to the druze, basically to all minorities, and should be  tightly controlled, and any Sunni leader who backs these extremists is finished politically, and for this reason neither Hariri nor Mikati nor Dar-el-fatwa, at least publicly, support these groups. 

  • Sebouh80

    Hi Guys, 
    Listen to one of my favorite Fairouz’s songs.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05Zu-EfoGyM

    I hope Fairouz in this beautiful song is not referring to Shadi Al Mawlawi the Islamist militant from Tripoli. LOL

  • Sebouh80

    Hi Guys, 
    Listen to one of my favorite Fairouz’s songs.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05Zu-EfoGyM

    I hope Fairouz in this beautiful song is not referring to Shadi Al Mawlawi the Islamist militant from Tripoli. LOL