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Sleiman satisfied with calm in Tripoli

Lebanese soldiers patrol the area during clashes in Tripoli, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. (The Daily Star/Stringer)

BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman expressed satisfaction Wednesday with the security situation in Tripoli, a day after the Army deployed in the northern Lebanese city to end deadly clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Calm prevailed in throughout Tripoli as residents went about ordinary daily routines.

“I am relieved about the prevailing calm in Tripoli and there is no turning back to [clashes],” a statement from the president’s office said.

Sleiman also called on everyone to cooperate with a recently implemented security plan in the city and “to keep conflicting political stances away from the security measures aimed at restoring tranquility for the citizens ... and to prevent any foreign repercussions from influencing [Tripoli].”

Schools and shops were open Wednesday in neighborhoods across Lebanon’s second largest city for the first time since clashes broke out last week.

A meeting was held overnight between a number of militia field commanders and sheikhs in Tripoli in a bid to prevent further tension in the city.

The Army completed deployment in Tripoli Tuesday in line with a security plan devised for the city.

A second part of the plan involves arresting gunmen in the city but this step has yet to be implemented.

Tripoli was subject to weeklong clashes between the rival neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh, mainly inhabited by Sunnis, and the Alawite-dominated pro-Assad neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen.

It was the 17th round of fighting between the neighborhoods since the beginning of the crisis in neighboring Syria in March 2011.





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