Several ceasefire violations were reported in Tripoli


Several ceasefire violations were reported Sunday evening in Tripoli , Lebanon’s northern capital according to local media reports .

National News Agency (NNA) reported Sunday evening that unknown assailants tossed a hand-grenade from a car into a coffee shop located on Azmi Street in Tripoli, which set the shop onfire.

NNA added that the Civil Defense forces made efforts to extinguish the fire and the security forces started an investigation into the incident.

NNA reported Earlier Sunday evening that policeman Mohammad al-Sahmarani was wounded after he was hot by a sniper as he was crossing a pedestrian bridge on the Bab al-Tabbaneh highway.

NNA added added that the injured man was transferred to the Islamic Hospital in Tripoli.

The head of Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya’s political office, Azam al-Ayoubi, said on Sunday that the problem between Tripoli’s rival neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen will not be settled only by the intervention of the Lebanese army.

“The problem between Bab al-Tebbaneh and Jabal Mohsen will not be solved by the army’s deployment, because the causes that [led to the clashes] are still there,”Ayoubi told Al-Jazeera television station.

Ayoubi told Al-Jazeera that the recent Tripoli clashes revealed that the Syrian regime “wants to take Lebanon back in time.”

“ Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime wants to spark a conflict in Lebanon that would portray Tripoli as an area that harbors terrorism and serves as a gateway for alleged ‘terrorist acts’ that have been targeting Syria.”

He added that that “the Syrian army has been given the green light to restore the tense security situation in the rival areas for reasons related to what is happening in Syria .”

Update: according to media reports Lebanese army soldier Mohammad el Sahmarani was wounded by a sniper bullet while he was deployed in Bab el Tebbaneh and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment

Update 2: MTV reported that an explosion was heard near Al Nasiry mosque in Bab el Tabbaneh and added that sniper fire was reported on the street dividing Bab el Tabbaneh and Jabel Mohsen.