Two dead as clashes flare again in Lebanon’s Tripoli

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Two people were killed on Sunday in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli, a security source said, where sporadic fighting between Sunni Muslims and Alawites over six days has mirrored sectarian faultlines in the raging conflict in neighboring Syria.

Sunnis in Syria have been the driving force of a 17-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, whose minority Alawite sect has dominated the country’s political and military elite for more than four decades.

At least 18 people have been killed and more than 100 wounded in nearly a week of clashes in Tripoli.

Lebanon’s army deployed tanks and troops to clamp down on violence on Thursday, but fighting flared up again, residents said. They said the army raided parts of the city on Sunday and arrested several gunmen.

The fighting is the latest in a series of clashes that have hit the port city since the revolt in Syria began in 2011.

Violence has been concentrated in an area where Alawite districts abut Sunni neighborhoods, and have generally not spread across the city or through the rest of the country.

But tensions remain high in Lebanon, particularly its northern region that is home to both sects.

Syria has had far-reaching influence in Lebanon for decades. Assad withdrew Syrian troops from Lebanon in 2005 after a 29-year presence in the country. Hezbollah, Lebanon’s powerful Shi’ite Muslim militant group, remains a strong Syrian ally.

Tensions between Alawites and Sunnis in Tripoli date from the 1975-90 Lebanese civil war when Lebanese Alawites fought with troops sent in by Bashar’s late father, Hafez, against Sunnis’ opposed to Syria’s military presence in Lebanon.

Reuters

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23 responses to “Two dead as clashes flare again in Lebanon’s Tripoli”

  1. Patience2 Avatar
    Patience2

    I didn’t realize that some of the Al@@ui dogs fought in the ‘Civil War’ FOR SYRIA!  I wouldn’t call them ‘Lebanese Ala@@i’, I’d call them ‘Expat Syrians’ in local residence.  After all, they’ve shown to whom they ARE loyal!
     

    1. $31060015 Avatar
      $31060015

      I would love to see a coward like you call a Alawite a dog to his face. But you being a coward and all. In writing is the best way hey you kaleb

      1. Patience2 Avatar
        Patience2

         I only respond to what the ‘Al@@ui dogs’ ACTUALLY DO,  Look at the last 40 years in Syria!  Are you, maybe, just an Alawite and not one of the ‘Al@@ui dogs’, such as Bashar and his family??

    2. Leborigine Avatar
      Leborigine

      From what I have heard as I do not have a lot of info about the war in Tripoli during the civil war, the Alawites gave the keys to the gates of Tripoli to the syrians. The residents of Tripoli actually fought a fierce battle against the syrians before they were occupied, which actually surprised me as well. But you are right though, to betray your own people for another country, that is low, and most Lebanese are guilty for it! 

      1. just like lahad in the south????

  2. Patience2 Avatar
    Patience2

    I didn’t realize that some of the Al@@ui dogs fought in the ‘Civil War’ FOR SYRIA!  I wouldn’t call them ‘Lebanese Ala@@i’, I’d call them ‘Expat Syrians’ in local residence.  After all, they’ve shown to whom they ARE loyal!
     

    1. $31060015 Avatar
      $31060015

      I would love to see a coward like you call a Alawite a dog to his face. But you being a coward and all. In writing is the best way hey you kaleb

    2. Leborigine Avatar
      Leborigine

      From what I have heard as I do not have a lot of info about the war in Tripoli during the civil war, the Alawites gave the keys to the gates of Tripoli to the syrians. The residents of Tripoli actually fought a fierce battle against the syrians before they were occupied, which actually surprised me as well. But you are right though, to betray your own people for another country, that is low, and most Lebanese are guilty for it! 

      1. just like lahad in the south????

  3. Patience2 Avatar
    Patience2

    I didn’t realize that some of the Al@@ui dogs fought in the ‘Civil War’ FOR SYRIA!  I wouldn’t call them ‘Lebanese Ala@@i’, I’d call them ‘Expat Syrians’ in local residence.  After all, they’ve shown to whom they ARE loyal!
     

    1. AntiFSA Avatar

      I would love to see a coward like you call a Alawite a dog to his face. But you being a coward and all. In writing is the best way hey you kaleb

      1. Patience2 Avatar
        Patience2

         I only respond to what the ‘Al@@ui dogs’ ACTUALLY DO,  Look at the last 40 years in Syria!  Are you, maybe, just an Alawite and not one of the ‘Al@@ui dogs’, such as Bashar and his family??

    2. Leborigine Avatar
      Leborigine

      From what I have heard as I do not have a lot of info about the war in Tripoli during the civil war, the Alawites gave the keys to the gates of Tripoli to the syrians. The residents of Tripoli actually fought a fierce battle against the syrians before they were occupied, which actually surprised me as well. But you are right though, to betray your own people for another country, that is low, and most Lebanese are guilty for it! 

      1. just like lahad in the south????

  4. Beauty-Full-Lebanon Avatar
    Beauty-Full-Lebanon

    Sunnis fight for Saudis and Alawites fight for Tehran, 
    seems that Lebanese people have started a self-destruction process …Defending foreigners …. for unspecified goal !!
    is it weird or what !!

    1. Patience2 Avatar
      Patience2

       It seems Tehran (and thus Syria) both want a ‘nice front lawn’ and the Saudis?  Well, they just enjoy a beautiful ‘vacation spot’ where “anything goes”.

  5. Beauty-Full-Lebanon Avatar
    Beauty-Full-Lebanon

    Sunnis fight for Saudis and Alawites for Tehran, 
    and what about Lebanese people ? self- screw…d !!
    is it weird or what!!

    1. Patience2 Avatar
      Patience2

       It seems Tehran (and thus Syria) both want a ‘nice front lawn’ and the Saudis?  Well, they just enjoy a beautiful ‘vacation spot’ where “anything goes”.

  6. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    The problem of ‘ghettoizing’ in any large city in the world … the ghetto begins to feel like a different country.

  7. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    The problem of ‘ghettoizing’ in any large city in the world … the ghetto begins to feel like a different country.

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