Lebanon begins major military operation in Tripoli
Iran Press TV
Tue Apr 1, 2014 12:48PM GMT
The Lebanese military has launched a campaign to quell the violence in the northern city of Tripoli, which has been suffering from a spillover of conflict from neighboring Syria.
Troops in armored personnel carriers were deployed in the city on Tuesday and engaged in setting up military posts and conducting raids on suspect residences.
The Lebanese army is expected to complete its deployments in Tripoli on Wednesday.
The major military campaign is part of a security plan that came into effect on Sunday and is viewed as the most serious so far.
The operation was authorized by the new national unity government of Prime Minister Tammam Salam, which gives the army the political backing to arrest powerful Tripoli gunmen.
Nearly two dozen people have been killed over the past week in clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Tripoli.
The fighting has pitted pro-Assad residents of Jabal Mohsen neighborhood against inhabitants of neighboring Bab al-Tabbaneh who support foreign-backed militants operating in Syria.
The rival groups accuse each other of using the city as a base for transferring militants and weapons in and out of Syria.
Lebanon has been also suffering from terrorist attacks carried out by al-Qaeda-linked militants as well as random rocket attacks related to the Syria conflict. Foreign-backed militants in Syria have frequently attacked Lebanese border areas where the majority of the residents support the Syrian government.
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