Grenade attack on cafe for serving food during Ramadan


Tripoli syria street barbed wireA grenade thrown into a cafe hurt four people on Wednesday in the northern city of Tripoli, security officials said.

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear, but there were suspicions the cafe was targeted for opening its doors during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

“Four people, including two Syrian nationals, were injured when unknown assailants threw a grenade into a cafe in the Bab al-Tabbaneh district” in Tripoli, a security official told Agence France Presse.

The assailants approached the cafe on a motorbike and tossed the device in before escaping.

The official pointed out that “the cafe sells coffee during the day in Ramadan, when most residents are fasting,” without stating definitely whether that was why the establishment was targeted.

Bab al-Tabbaneh is a Sunni Muslim district in Tripoli that has frequently been involved in violence with the residents of neighboring Jabal Mohsen district, whose residents are Alawites — a Shiite Muslim splinter sect.

The city as a whole has been affected by the growing presence of religious extremists, especially after the outbreak of conflict in neighboring Syria, with Bab al-Tabbaneh particularly affected.

Wednesday’s attack comes after cafes and restaurants were warned against opening during daylight fasting hours in Ramadan in text messages and on social media in recent days.

One such message names establishments staying open, and says “these pigs are selling food and drink during the day and in view of everyone.”

It advises people “to deal with them in an appropriate manner,” without specifying further.

Last month, Tripoli municipal chief Nader Ghazal called on cafes and eateries in the city to “respect the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan and particularly fasting Muslims.”

The call caused controversy, with activists saying it was a breach of personal freedom.

But Ghazal said it was a voluntary request, and that those who did not comply would not face punishment.

Lebanon is regarded as one of the most liberal countries in the Middle East, and even during Ramadan many cafes and restaurants remain open throughout the country to serve non-Muslims or those choosing not to fast.




42 responses to “Grenade attack on cafe for serving food during Ramadan”

  1. Andre Avatar

    Lebanon is not Saudi Arabia, we welcome all walks of life here! It’s always the ignorant that ruin it for all of us!

  2. Farq2 Avatar

    What a backwards bunch of animals.

    1. MekensehParty Avatar

      When we told you they’re coming you said bring’em on
      Here they are!!!
      Isn’t that what you wanted?
      Or are you having cold feet now?

      1. Farq2 Avatar

        What the hell are you spinning now.

  3. sweetvirgo Avatar

    Freakin bastards….this is LEBANON!!! Cafes and restaurants stay open all the time.

  4. master09 Avatar

    This is why we have over 20 million Lebs living in other countries.

    1. Hannibal Avatar

      Maybe it is time to come back and face the music by attacking those bastards back… Best to cut off their balls and feed it to them DURING ramadan. Bunch of retards!

  5. Leborigine Avatar

    Ignorant and uneducated fu$Kers. These assholes have also brought their ignorance to Australia. My kids cannot celebrate Christmas at school anymore because it offends the minorities like these pricks!!

    1. Reasonableman Avatar

      Rack off with the oppertunistic propergander, I went to school and watched the “majority” celebrate christmas and it never affected any of us.

      Where you get this information that it offends muslims is rubbish.

      This article is only spreading properganda Based on assumptions very disappointed by some people here.

      1. Leborigine Avatar

        You found a little window and you decided to crawl through it!!
        Where did I say muslims?? I think you should rack off with the paranoia!
        I said minorities like these morons who threw the grenade. Fanatical and uneducated minorities, could include, Orthodox Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Atheists, Antichrists, Zionists, Jehovahs, Mormons etc.

        Oh, and Grumpy taxpayers.

        1. Reasonableman Avatar

          These assholes have also brought ignorance to australia…

          Concidering the topic is about muslims, leb ill cut my leg off if you meant anything but the muslims.

          technically it is all those other assholes who are ruining it for your son.

          My christian mates fast ramadan with me and when they are not they rub food in my face and I also don’t eat meat infront of them when they fast but when I do I rub it in their face lol.

          1. Leborigine Avatar

            Get the saw ready :-)))))
            I did NOT just mean muslims, I meant it as mentioned, These assholes meaning the fanatics and intolerant as the idiot who threw the grenade!!
            You should know by now that I do not have one minute issue with Islam. I dare you to go through each post that I have and let me know when you see one.
            I do not see religion before nationality, so as I have said before and will say it again, I will embrace a fellow Lebanese Muslim any day over a syrian christian. Being Lebanese is more important to me than being a Christian.
            In regards to the food, I do the same thing with my Druze and Muslim brothers ๐Ÿ™‚

          2. Hannibal Avatar

            I have an issue with Islam and there is nothing they can do about it… Read the Koran it is filled with myth, based on the previous idiotic religions like Judaism and Christianity and as violent as the old testament… Kill this and kill that and since those dorks believe it is the word of God then they go and execute it.

            The Koran contains more 110 verses that call Moslems to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. It is an open ended invitation in the so called holly book.

            Here is a taste for you:

            “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out.”

            “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”.

            “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

            So subdue THIS!

            Bunch of backwardly idiotic morons… I do hope those idiots come to Lebanon… We will show them what the Lebanese can do… We kicked the ass of Syrians, Palestinians and Israelis and we will kick the ass of those fanatic animals… with one difference:

            Every one we kill we shall paint them with pig fat so they may never enter paradise.

            Other than that I am a loving peaceful guy… ๐Ÿ˜›

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar

            And some ‘tiny tots’ just like to throw hand grenades and run.

          4. 5thDrawer Avatar

            And people pick the passages they want to live by. In ALL those ancient texts.
            Education by rote, and of only one book, is the loss of this humanity.

          5. Reasonableman Avatar

            This comment has nothing to do with the story, only about how you feel about islam.
            Would you prefer to change the topic an we can find common ground?

          6. Hannibal Avatar

            What common ground? Let us discuss that I just called my cousins in Tripoli and they said nobody is allowed to eat because they are terrified. Really? Is that the country we aspire to build? How about we prevent the moslems from eating during Christian lent and force everyone to stop eating meat on Fridays because the Christians don’t?

          7. Reasonableman Avatar

            Didn’t you say before islam like judaism and christianity is idiotic?

            So why do you seek to talk about protecting the rights of your cousins in tripoli and the christians by forcing muslims to fast lent, if you think its idiotic??

            What do you follow? How do you aspire lebanon to be built??

          8. Leborigine Avatar

            Lebanon can be built like it was in the old days, complete freedom to do as you wish and keep your religion at home. Its up to you if you do not want to eat during Ramadan, but don’t stop someone else from doing it.
            It is very similar to the pork and alcohol issues that we have in Lebanon, it should be served everywhere, it should be left to the individual’s discretion whether to it or not.

          9. Hannibal Avatar

            I follow a simple adage… Worship the stone if you like but don’t throw it at me… Secular Lebanon.

          10. 5thDrawer Avatar

            The Friday Fish from Sidon would kill them. :-)))

          11. Leborigine Avatar

            I agree with a lot of what you say Hannibal and that is why I embrace my nationality more than religion. On the other hand there is a high percentage of Muslims who are very nice people and just follow the positives of the Koran and ignore the negatives, unlike this idiot who threw the grenade!

            I believe I have mentioned this here before, but I was attacked in downtown Beirut street in the 90’s for eating a sandwich during Ramadan, I was completely unaware of it, I was lucky to get out of it unscathed.

            I have also attached this video of another idiot.
            This section was banned on free to air TV for political reasons, but hey, what else can I say!


          12. 5thDrawer Avatar

            It’s why some don’t pay their electric bills in Lebanon too.
            Slogs of all societies … ‘I’m Religious – you should care for me.’
            Very convenient, of course, that some countries cared to look after the Less Fortunate and Brain-Dead. Fall off a boat and be taken care of.

          13. Leborigine Avatar

            Its idiot like him who take advantage of the honest or trust system and destroys it for the rest of us. I really blame the government, they should have put him and his family on a plane with a one way ticket to wherever the hell he came from!

          14. Reasonableman Avatar

            Lol not bothered to cut my leg.

            My brother in humanity If you say so then I guess you know yourself better than I do.
            Sorry for the misunderstanding.

            To me being lebanese is important but on the terms that ma 7ada yrkabni wal erkob 7ada, and these rights I live by and share I find in my religion because as we can see our own constitution can’t even protect us in some cases.

          15. Leborigine Avatar

            The way I see religion is our way to communicate with God or our Creator. That fact should be a private and individual ceremony. It should not be enforced to anyone by anyone. We are all different and we all have our own methods.

          16. 5thDrawer Avatar

            To some extent, it’s about the ‘Liberal-Think’ which tells the western mind that ‘we’ can accommodate all the little packs of radicals by seeming to be totally nondescript in all we do. Saying you enjoy something of ‘western tradition’ is seen as ‘anti-something-else’ by the radical minds, and ‘we’ don’t want to hurt their tender sensitivities, after all. Do we?
            The main problem is that they keep coming up with ‘new’ old sensitivities. ๐Ÿ˜‰
            Too bad, I say. My tradition is as good as anyone else’s. Gay lights on a tree or Rum in the egg-nog … I’m not giving my traditions up either.
            But I won’t be throwing a grenade into your Iftar or Hannuka Bush either.
            I pay cops to handle idiots if they do, and politicians to police the cops.
            (not proven to be 100% effective … but what is?)

          17. Reasonableman Avatar

            5th I understand, extremism is not something I support.
            The point im trying to assert is that the story tells us the motive is unknown.
            Whilst the header swings a cheapshot and leads people to believe that the motive really was “because he opened in ramadan”.
            In this case even the allege “extremist” shouldn’t be treated or accused of a false motive and islam should not have to be brought up.

          18. 5thDrawer Avatar

            True enough, Reasonable. He should be arrested for causing havoc in the society and put away for a long time. And THAT is the basis of the SECULAR LAW – no matter what religion a thug or a killer bonds to, he/she will be treated as ALL such idiots are treated – with EQUALITY in a society of humans with ‘rules’ OF IT – not ‘made-up for the moment’ personal rules from ancient scripts, slightly revised to suit another later-in-time moment of another personality.
            And YES, it took the peasants a long time in the west to have those concepts of Societal Law, as well as freedom of individual speech and lifestyle, in place as they are now … and we know it’s not perfect yet. It’s an EVOLUTION of THOUGHT going on to a future FOR Humanity.
            Getting a Secular Democracy in place and working is often still a struggle.
            But it’s BETTER than what some idiot Religionist Dictator wants.
            FOR THE PEOPLE.
            The Stories, as you say, should not reflect the religiosity … But Look at the Society which constantly pumps out discourse based on That!
            You have politicians who mouth the Sectarian Lines faster than a speeding bullet when they want to dump on the guy in the next neighbourhood for his mountain of waste or his failure to clean up his poop. And that neighbour is just as likely to quote from ‘The Book’ to make an excuse for being a slob.
            ‘News’ just loves to flog the ‘sales lines’ – which here, are based on supposed religions and words from a god. It’s all flap-twaddle.
            EDUCATION has gone to the Twits.
            ‘Reporters’, unfortunately, have had similar educations … and Editors are overloaded to the point of not recognizing ‘bias’ or ‘hype’ when they see it, IF they do, especially in the age of having a computer look for ‘key’ words to ‘protect the poor innocents’ instead of actually hiring people to do the work.
            If anything, people need MORE Education these days just to understand what they are actually reading or looking at.
            Which is why you and I are here? Some of us want to understand ‘why’. ๐Ÿ˜‰
            (precious few as I see it … if anyone who actually mattered was reading YaLibnan, Lebanon would have been on the right track for years. ;-))

        2. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Actually, in Canada it was Jews who didn’t like Christmas trees … idiots are everywhere these days. :-)))
          We grow a LOT of Christmas trees :-))))

          1. Leborigine Avatar

            How do you respond to that 5th??! As if the Christmas tree insulted Hannukah! Idiots are becoming more idiotic day by day.

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar

            I planted one on the lawn when they opened the Mosque up the street. Added more lights for the Jews at the right time of year. :-))))
            But going to the extent of the ‘YouTube Light Displays’ is too much. :-))))
            Stupid Techies …. computer light shows …

          3. Leborigine Avatar


      2. Hannibal Avatar

        ah maybe the grenade was virtual… ๐Ÿ˜›

        1. Reasonableman Avatar

          No thankyou, id rather waste my mb on something useful

        2. nagy_michael2 Avatar

          so his Islamic court should take no more than one month to try someone. really? so why are they butchering people as soon as they catch them? cursing at religion is prohibited but not at Christians or Shiites I guess. . its okay God has allowed that.. what a bunch of hypocrites.. i swear I will cut his penis and feed it to Abu Bakr Al Bahgdadi..

      3. master09 Avatar

        It is facts he is rite I have family with kids that are in the same position, but they said minorities including athiest and other religions not just Muslims . This is in a Christian country with laws based on ? ??

    2. Reasonableman Avatar

      If anything it offends taxpayers who don’t want religion being shoved down kids throats. This is the same reason chaplans are being removed from public schools and counceler’s are replacing them.

    3. Hannibal Avatar

      So? offend them already… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Fauzia45 Avatar

    It is frightening to see that this religious fanaticism is spreading !What is even worse is that these fanatics use violence to impose their beliefs!!These ignorant beings do not understand that other religions exist and people are free to practice and worship the way they want!!

  7. Hard Little Machine Avatar
    Hard Little Machine

    Has the BBC blamed Israel yet or just the Jews in general?

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