BEIRUT: Mufti Sheikh Malek Shaar Tuesday called for unity in Tripoli after seven suspects were charged over twin bombings in the northern city.
“The city [of Tripoli] is urged to remain steadfast until the judiciary [makes a decision] in all the cases and in all the bombings, particularly after the arrest of those involved,” Shaar said during his sermon to mark Eid al-Adha holiday.
On Monday, Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr charged seven suspects over the Aug. 23 car bombings outside two mosques in Tripoli that killed 47 people and wounded scores more.
Preliminary investigations have linked the suspects to Syrian intelligence services and a local political party. At least one of the suspects in custody, Youssef Diab, is from the mainly Alawite Tripoli neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen.
Fighters in Jabal Mohsen who support Syrian President Bashar Assad have been engaged in on-again, off-again armed clashes with Bab al-Tabanneh, which backs the Syrian uprising.
Shaar said in the event the judiciary found a suspect guilty “this does not mean that a sect or a neighborhood is being blamed.”
“The Alawites are not our target, not even Jabal Mohsen will be targeted,” he said.
“I am confident that the Alawites in general and the people of Jabal Mohsen particularly will announce their innocence from all those who are found guilty,” he added.
Shaar also warned against sectarian strife and called for unity among Tripoli’s political leaders.
Addressing Tripoli residents, he said: “Beware of disputes among you ... be in harmony with each other. Unite your leadership.”