BEIRUT: Two rocket propelled grenades were fired in separate incidents in the northern port of Tripoli over the weekend, in the latest serious security breaches in Lebanon’s second city, prompting protests against ongoing violence in the area.
An Inerga bomb was tossed on Jabal Mohsen Sunday evening, while the National News Agency (NNA) reported that another was fired in the area at approximately 10 pm Saturday, without causing casualties.
“As a result, families and civilians from the region cut off the main road leading to the area in protest against targeting their region with recurrent bombs,” the NNA said. Protesters set up barriers and burned tires.
The mainly Sunni Jabal Mohsen and the neighboring, predominantly Alawite, Bab al-Tabbaneh have witnessed a series of gun battles and grenade attacks in recent months, part of wider sectarian violence between the two districts.
Last month two males were injured in an RPG attack on the Al-Shamal street, which separates the two neighborhoods. In February, a undetonated bomb was found near Arab Democratic Party Leader Ali Eid’s residence in Jabal Mohsen.
In a recent report on the risk of sectarian violence, the International Crisis Group (ICG) highlighted Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen as two of Lebanon’s most volatile districts.
“These two neighborhoods replicate, at least on a miniature scale, broader challenges to the stability of the country as a whole,” the report said.