TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Five people were wounded Saturday night in an explosion in the northern city of Tripoli as officials began drafting a security plan for the area.
An unidentified individual tossed a hand grenade in Meatayn Street in the city wounding five people including a man identified as Ayman Nasser who is in critical condition.
Around midnight, five rocket-propelled grenades fell on Syria Street in Bab al-Tabbaneh, causing material damage. No casualties were reported.
The neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen are long time rivals and flashpoints for deadly clashes in the northern city.
Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati tasked caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel with drafting a security plan in coordination with the country's security agencies to maintain stability in Tripoli similar to the one carried out in Beirut's southern suburbs.
Last week, the Army along with other security agencies took over checkpoints erected by Hezbollah in its areas of control, following car bombs that hit two neighborhoods in Beirut’s southern suburbs, killing dozens of people.
Charbel has called in nearly 2,000 additional policemen from the Internal Security Forces’ reserve while the Army continues to recruit new soldiers to try and fill the new demand for security personnel.
Last month, twin car bombs exploded near two separate mosques in Tripoli killing 47 people and wounding hundreds.
Sectarian tensions have griped the city since the uprising in Syria began resulting in periodic fighting between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad leaving scores of people dead and wounded.