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Relative calm briefly interrupted in Lebanon's Tripoli
Lebanese soldiers patrol the streets in Tripoli, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
Lebanese soldiers patrol the streets in Tripoli, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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BEIRUT: The relative calm that prevailed in Tripoli over the past few days was interrupted by minor security incidents which wounded one soldier as the Army made more arrests of gunmen part of its plan to restore order to the embattled northern city.

A Lebanese Army sergeant and two civilians were wounded by gunfire when the former along with a military unit was trying to resolve a dispute between young men from Bab al-Tabbaneh and a local television crew.

The young men shot and wounded the three and the Army is in pursuit of the shooters who also assaulted the Al-Jadeed crew by smashing their vehicle.

The Army said it arrested three more people in Tripoli, bringing the total number of detainees to 28 since Monday when the government gave the military forces exclusive power to take charge of the city and end the clashes.

Two people identified as Rami Seifeddine Hassoun and Bilal Nasr Hassoun were arrested for engaging in shooting incidents on several occasions, the Army said in a statement.

It also detained Abdel-Hamid Mohammad Awad for beating up a national and assaulting a soldier.

The army also said it removed 17 barricades and large curtains which were put up in the streets to block the clear sight of snipers.

In a separate statement, the Army said it referred four detainees who were arrested earlier this week for involvement in the Tripoli fighting to the military prosecutor's office.

Life returned to normal in Lebanon's second largest city after days of fighting between supporters and opponents of President Bashar Assad’s regime left 13 people dead.

The city has witnessed 18 rounds of fighting since the uprising in Syria began in 2011 in addition to the Aug. 23 car bombings outside two mosques that killed 47 people and wounded at least 100.

Tensions have been on the rise after the judiciary charged seven people for involvement in the car bombings, some of whom are members of the Alawite Arab Democratic Party and have links to the Syrian intelligence.

Speaker Nabih Berri held talks with Army Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi Thursday to discuss the security plan drafted to restore order in Lebanon’s Tripoli where the military made more arrests of gunmen in the embattled northern city.

Kahwagi and Berri also discussed the recent security developments in Lebanon at the speaker’s Ain el-Tineh office.

Kahwagi also met with caretaker Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn and the two discussed developments on the ground in Tripoli as a result of the security plan which also saw the deployment of 600-strong police force.

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