7 killed, dozens wounded in Tripoli, Lebanon clashes

Seven people have been killed in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli as clashes between Sunni Muslims and Alawites, fuelled by tensions over the war in Syria, continued for a second night, security and medical sources said on Tuesday.

Around 100 people have also been wounded since the fighting erupted on Monday evening, they said.

Gunmen in the Sunni district of Bab al-Tabbaneh and their Alawite rivals in Jebel Mohsen have exchanged gun and grenade fire, despite action by Lebanese troops deployed in the port city, residents said.

Two of the dead men were identified as residents of Jebel Mohsen, a hill inhabited mainly by Alawites which overlooks the predominantly Sunni area below, where five people were killed, medical sources said.

The area is one of Lebanon’s most volatile sectarian fault lines and chronic Sunni-Alawite tensions in Tripoli have been heightened by the 17-month-old, mainly Sunni, uprising in Syria against President Bashar al-Assad, an Alawite. Clashes in the city killed 15 people in early June.

An army statement said soldiers had raided buildings used by gunmen and “retaliated swiftly against sources of gunfire”. It said five soldiers were wounded on Monday evening and five, including an officer, were injured on Tuesday by a hand grenade lobbed at an army base.

In addition, dozens of civilians and fighters were wounded in Bab al-Tabbaneh and in Jebel Mohsen, residents and medics said.

Reuters

  • Beiruti

    such accuracy of this prediction

    • dateam

      we are a people labelled … the labelling has been embedded in us and it contradicts evry principle of humanity and religion…what will it take to change? when will we have real leaders that will stop this? when will the people say enough is enough?

    • yalibnan

      Beiruti

      Welcome back and thanks for sharing the article  with us.  This is  really sad . The big question is how can this be corrected .Most of us  have  either lived or still living in various parts of the world where we make excellent  law abiding citizens, yet we are incapable of governing ourselves and  be  good citizens in our own country . 
      Ya Libnan will welcome any constructive suggestions on how to turn Lebanon into a truly   free, independent and sovereign state, where people will be able to coexist  in harmony  and regard each other with fraternal feelings.
      To all our readers : In the  suggestions please  try to avoid  shifting the blame to others. This is our country and we the citizens are responsible for saving it .

      • 5thDrawer

        We would all like to ‘save’ it. There is LOVE along with the PASSION. We know it. And the passion seems ALWAYS to overcome …. and logic is gone.
        Religion and sectarian divisions. The first thing to do is put them where they belong. You can’t have ‘one people’ in minds always being dictated to by their simple beliefs, and expect to flourish together. Open the minds to the commonality of humans – do not be concentrating on their vast differences which are natural – and LEARN. Do we not all bleed?? Look deeper than the skin …
        You should not need to ask. How could an Englishman in 1870 see this?
        Read Churchill’s ‘History of the English-Speaking Peoples’. An acceptance of change.
        Many have stated here the need for Common Law, and a Secular Government. A system which functions for ALL of the ONE country. But no-one has been EDUCATED to recognize that need – not the present aged ‘leaders’, and not now the young who will replace them.
        When 10-year old boys are given guns and flack-jackets and feel proud to have a picture taken and  announce to the interviewer that they must not be going to school but defending their street, Lebanese minds will never change. When the school does not fire their imaginations, they will be lost.
        And sectarian schools can NEVER give life to an imagination – only mire it in that ancient belief system.

        • daber

          onli salafites r like this mr. wahabies to mr

      • 5thDrawer

        We would all like to ‘save’ it. There is LOVE along with the PASSION. We know it. And the passion seems ALWAYS to overcome …. and logic is gone.
        Religion and sectarian divisions. The first thing to do is put them where they belong. You can’t have ‘one people’ in minds always being dictated to by their simple beliefs, and expect to flourish together. Open the minds to the commonality of humans – do not be concentrating on their vast differences which are natural – and LEARN. Do we not all bleed?? Look deeper than the skin …
        You should not need to ask. How could an Englishman in 1870 see this?
        Read Churchill’s ‘History of the English-Speaking Peoples’. An acceptance of change.
        Many have stated here the need for Common Law, and a Secular Government. A system which functions for ALL of the ONE country. But no-one has been EDUCATED to recognize that need – not the present aged ‘leaders’, and not now the young who will replace them.
        When 10-year old boys are given guns and flack-jackets and feel proud to have a picture taken and  announce to the interviewer that they must not be going to school but defending their street, Lebanese minds will never change. When the school does not fire their imaginations, they will be lost.
        And sectarian schools can NEVER give life to an imagination – only mire it in that ancient belief system.

        • daber

          onli salafites r like this mr. wahabies to mr

    • 5thDrawer

      Perhaps a result of having every conquering army in history walk over the place. Some Astounding Accuracy from 1870. Wow.
      But no-one remembers back that far … there is no history taught about Lebanon – only sectarianism. Most of the ‘positions’ taken are from the most recent wars. As the British man observes, a ‘collection of small villages’ … and 140 years hasn’t changed that ‘village thought’.
      (Which is why Tripoli goes to war, and the rest of the so-called country seems to be quiet – at least until it spills onto the next village which doesn’t really care.)
      The ones we call ‘expatriates’ begin to notice after a generation or two, and check conditions before they come back to see ‘the roots’ – love to visit but not to live in the past.

    • 5thDrawer

      Perhaps a result of having every conquering army in history walk over the place. Some Astounding Accuracy from 1870. Wow.
      But no-one remembers back that far … there is no history taught about Lebanon – only sectarianism. Most of the ‘positions’ taken are from the most recent wars. As the British man observes, a ‘collection of small villages’ … and 140 years hasn’t changed that ‘village thought’.
      (Which is why Tripoli goes to war, and the rest of the so-called country seems to be quiet – at least until it spills onto the next village which doesn’t really care.)
      The ones we call ‘expatriates’ begin to notice after a generation or two, and check conditions before they come back to see ‘the roots’ – love to visit but not to live in the past.

  • Beiruti

    such accuracy of this prediction

    • dateam

      we are a people labelled … the labelling has been embedded in us and it contradicts evry principle of humanity and religion…what will it take to change? when will we have real leaders that will stop this? when will the people say enough is enough?

    • yalibnan

      Beiruti

      Welcome back and thanks for sharing the article  with us.  This is  really sad . The big question is how can this be corrected .Most of us  have  either lived or still living in various parts of the world where we make excellent  law abiding citizens, yet we are incapable of governing ourselves and  be  good citizens in our own country . 
      Ya Libnan will welcome any constructive suggestions on how to turn Lebanon into a truly   free, independent and sovereign state, where people will be able to coexist  in harmony  and regard each other with fraternal feelings.
      To all our readers : In the  suggestions please  try to avoid  shifting the blame to others. This is our country and we the citizens are responsible for saving it .

      • 5thDrawer

        We would all like to ‘save’ it. There is LOVE along with the PASSION. We know it. And the passion seems ALWAYS to overcome …. and logic is gone.
        Religion and sectarian divisions. The first thing to do is put them where they belong. You can’t have ‘one people’ in minds always being dictated to by their simple beliefs, and expect to flourish together. Open the minds to the commonality of humans – do not be concentrating on their vast differences which are natural – and LEARN. Do we not all bleed?? Look deeper than the skin …
        You should not need to ask. How could an Englishman in 1870 see this?
        Read Churchill’s ‘History of the English-Speaking Peoples’. An acceptance of change.
        Many have stated here the need for Common Law, and a Secular Government. A system which functions for ALL of the ONE country. But no-one has been EDUCATED to recognize that need – not the present aged ‘leaders’, and not now the young who will replace them.
        When 10-year old boys are given guns and flack-jackets and feel proud to have a picture taken and  announce to the interviewer that they must not be going to school but defending their street, Lebanese minds will never change. When the school does not fire their imaginations, they will be lost.
        And sectarian schools can NEVER give life to an imagination – only mire it in that ancient belief system.

        • daber

          onli salafites r like this mr. wahabies to mr

    • 5thDrawer

      Perhaps a result of having every conquering army in history walk over the place. Some Astounding Accuracy from 1870. Wow.
      But no-one remembers back that far … there is no history taught about Lebanon – only sectarianism. Most of the ‘positions’ taken are from the most recent wars. As the British man observes, a ‘collection of small villages’ … and 140 years hasn’t changed that ‘village thought’.
      (Which is why Tripoli goes to war, and the rest of the so-called country seems to be quiet – at least until it spills onto the next village which doesn’t really care.)
      The ones we call ‘expatriates’ begin to notice after a generation or two, and check conditions before they come back to see ‘the roots’ – love to visit but not to live in the past.

  • Guest

    Lebanese are  divided in many aspects since the civil war, it is time now to consider a  federal style country . because at the end this will happen,  either by politicians practicing some common sense and keep their children safe , or after another civil war as it happens now in other countries,
     it is a matter of how people and politicians  follow their will to practice stupidity vs some brain work

  • Guest

    Lebanese are  divided in many aspects since the civil war, it is time now to consider a  federal style country . because at the end this will happen,  either by politicians practicing some common sense and keep their children safe , or after another civil war as it happens now in other countries,
     it is a matter of how people and politicians  follow their will to practice stupidity vs some brain work

  • beutifulebanon

    Lebanese are  divided in many aspects since the civil war, it is time now to consider a  federal style country . because at the end this will happen,  either by politicians practicing some common sense and keep their children safe , or after another civil war as it happens now in other countries,
     it is a matter of how people and politicians  follow their will to practice stupidity vs some brain work

  • Beauty-Full-Lebanon

    Lebanese are  divided in many aspects since the civil war, it is time now to consider a  federal style country . because at the end this will happen,  either by politicians practicing some common sense and keep their children safe , or after another civil war as it happens now in other countries,
     it is a matter of how people and politicians  follow their will to practice stupidity vs some brain work

  • Beauty-Full-Lebanon

    Lebanese are  divided in many aspects since the civil war, it is time now to consider a  federal style country . because at the end this will happen,  either by politicians practicing some common sense and keep their children safe , or after another civil war as it happens now in other countries,
     it is a matter of how people and politicians  follow their will to practice stupidity vs some brain work

  • Fauzia45

    This is madness!! What is needed are great men and individuals to educate ,to free their people and liberate them from ignorance ,poverty ,fear and perils that face them!!Enough of these leaders,dictators and demagogues that separate people and divide them into sects,spread and fill people s minds with fear and hatred that lead to armed conflict and open the way to war that brings misery,suffering ,death and destruction!!

  • Fauzia45

    This is madness!! What is needed are great men and individuals to educate ,to free their people and liberate them from ignorance ,poverty ,fear and perils that face them!!Enough of these leaders,dictators and demagogues that separate people and divide them into sects,spread and fill people s minds with fear and hatred that lead to armed conflict and open the way to war that brings misery,suffering ,death and destruction!!

  • It is sad and a bigger tragedy that we cannot live peacefully and take care of our own issues in Lebanon.
    The only hope for Lebanon is when we finally start considering ourselves LEBANESE FIRST. As long as we identify ourselves as Lebanese Sunni, Lebanese Shea, Lebanese Christians, Lebanese this and that, support the dividing pwers and live in the past we will never move forward. Our government leaders always claim the same crap…
    What we need are two basics elements; a government that works for all of Lebanon, and our citizens to start declaring themselves as LEBANESE first, with dignity and respect for each other’s religious believes and most of all send all those narrow minded so called leaders to hell.

  • It is sad and a bigger tragedy that we cannot live peacefully and take care of our own issues in Lebanon.
    The only hope for Lebanon is when we finally start considering ourselves LEBANESE FIRST. As long as we identify ourselves as Lebanese Sunni, Lebanese Shea, Lebanese Christians, Lebanese this and that, support the dividing pwers and live in the past we will never move forward. Our government leaders always claim the same crap…
    What we need are two basics elements; a government that works for all of Lebanon, and our citizens to start declaring themselves as LEBANESE first, with dignity and respect for each other’s religious believes and most of all send all those narrow minded so called leaders to hell.