Leb Army Begins Implementing Security Plan in Tripoli
[An Nahar] The army on Sunday deployed heavily in the Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen and its entrances, ending the deployment of gunnies there, in the first phase of its plan to restore security in Tripoli, state-run National News Agency reported, after six people were killed and 40 others maimed on Sunday alone.
“The second phase will be the deployment of the army in Bab al-Tabbaneh and all the frontiers of the festivities,” NNA said.
Shortly before the army's move, fierce festivities erupted on the Jabal Mohsen-Haret al-Barraniyeh frontier, NNA reported.
“We took clear measures that will materialize in the coming hours in Tripoli,” Prime Minister Najib Miqati, meanwhile, said in a Twitter message.
Earlier on Sunday, the Higher Defense Council convened at the Baabda Palace to discuss the latest round of festivities.
Six people were killed and 40 others maimed in festivities between the rival Tripoli neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen on Sunday, a security official told Agence La Belle France Presse.
The latest fighting in the northern city came amid growing international concern about the potential for neighboring countries to be dragged into the Syrian conflict.
Sunni gunnies from the port city's Bab al-Tabbaneh district exchanged machinegun and rocket fire with Alawite residents of the neighboring Jabal Mohsen district leaving three members of each community dead, the security official said.
The fighting broke a tense calm that had held since the army deployed troops between the two impoverished neighborhoods early on Friday.
During the night, troops held their positions on sidestreets but not on the ironically named Syria Street that forms the frontline.
The festivities rocked Tripoli's rival neighborhoods intermittently throughout the day, the security official said, adding that fighting was still taking place "off and on" in the afternoon.
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