Lebanese army continues to quell violence in Tripoli
Iran Press TV
Wed Apr 2, 2014 12:40PM GMT
The Lebanese military has launched the second stage of a plan aimed at quelling the violence in the northern city of Tripoli, a security source says.
Troops in armored personnel carriers were deployed in the rival neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabanneh, which house Alawite and Sunni communities, on Wednesday morning.
According to an unnamed security source, army units are now conducting raids on suspected residences.
“The military removed the barricades from the streets and the rooftops, and opened up the road linking Bab al-Tabanneh to Jabal Mohsen…. They conducted raids and searched for weapons and wanted people. The troops were backed by armored vehicles, tanks and bulldozers,” the source added.
Tripoli residents have reportedly welcomed the deployment, saying it would help restore peace and order to the city.
The major military campaign is part of a security plan that came into effect on Sunday.
Lebanon’s second largest city has been rocked by deadly violence since the outbreak of the conflict between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The fighting in Syria has pitted pro-Assad residents of Jabal Mohsen neighborhood against inhabitants of Bab al-Tabbaneh who support foreign-backed militants operating in Syria.
At least 30 people were killed in two weeks of fighting between the rival neighborhoods in March.
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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