Death toll rises to 50 in Tripoli, hundreds wounded


LEBANON-UNREST-BLAST-TRIPOLIThe death toll from the two powerful explosions that rocked Tripoli, Lebanon’s northern capital Friday, August 23 resulted in the killing of at least 50 people and the wounding of over 350 according to Nader Ghazal, the mayor of the city.

The explosions took place outside the Al-Taqwa Mosque in the city’s Al-Zahiriya area and the Al-Salam Mosque in the Al-Mina neighborhood.

Sheikh Da’i al-Islam al-Shahhal who leads the Institution of the Salafist Party in Lebanon accused Syria’s allies of behind the explosions in Tripoli.

The Michel Samaha gang wants to explode Lebanon to please its masters in Syria”, in reference to former minister Michel Samaha , a key ally of the syrian regime who was accused last year of planning terror attacks in Lebanon.

The Jamaa Islamiya said the Tripoli blasts are aimed at “deviating attention from the brutal massacres against Syria’s people.”