Tripoli Death Toll Hits 7 as Clashes Renew at Night and Army Arrests Gunmen
[An Nahar] Clashes renewed on Wednesday evening in the rival Tripoli
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neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen after a brief lull, as the army made contacts with the warring parties and fired back at the sources of gunfire, especially sniper fire.
An Energa-type rifle-launched grenade fell in the vicinity of al-Mallouleh area and was followed by an exchange of gunfire between Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh, LBCI television reported.
A security official told Agence La Belle France Presse that sniper fire killed seven civilians in on Tuesday and Wednesday in the two rival districts.
The security official said four were killed on Wednesday, while three others died the day before.
"Khodr Hanoub, a man in his 40s, was killed at dawn Wednesday in the district of Bab al-Tabbaneh," the official said, adding that Ali Habbabeh was killed in the adjacent district of Jabal Mohsen.
The official also reported the killing in Bab al-Tabbaneh of Zakaria Othman and Mehdi al-Beik on Wednesday, while Khaled Salem, 27, was killed overnight.
They died a day after kiosk owner Mohammed Ibrahim, 65, was killed in Jabal Mohsen by a sniper operating from across the street-turned-front line separating the two impoverished neighborhoods.
Also on Tuesday, Bab al-Tabbaneh resident Abdul Rahman Nassouh was rubbed out.
While there was a lull in fighting on Wednesday, snipers held their positions and continued to shoot, an AFP correspondent at the scene said.
The official reported 57 people maimed altogether, including two soldiers.
The National News Agency said that the armed festivities intensified during day hours between fighters in the areas of Qobbeh, al-Mankoubin, Mallouleh, Bab al-Tabbaneh, and Syria Street and others in Jabal Mohsen.
The army has been returning fire against the sources of gunshots.
The Army Command said in a statement its troops "staged patrols, erected checkpoints and fired back immediately at the sources of gunfire," noting that five people were tossed in the slammer
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on suspicion of involvement in the shooting and that a quantity of weapons and ammunition was found in their possession.
"Two soldiers were maimed in the security operations as some military vehicles sustained material damage," said the statement.
The detainees and the confiscated items were handed over to the relevant judicial authorities, according to the statement.
Light and medium weapons could be heard in the battles, as well as sounds of rocket-propelled grenades.
Earlier on Wednesday, a meeting was held at the residence of al-Mustaqbal
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MP Mohammed Kabbara to discuss the developments in the northern city.
The meeting was held in the presence of State Minister Ahmed Karami, Ahmed al-Safadi representing Finance Minister Mohammed al-Safadi, MPs Samir al-Jisr, Moein al-Merehbi, Khaled al-Daher and several other officials.
The attendees urged the rival neighborhoods to end all the armed festivities under the auspices of the army, calling on it to control the situation in the city.
"We should find a permanent solution to the recurrence of the incidents," Kabbara told news hounds after the meeting.
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