Lebanese soldiers remove barricades and sand bags during raids in Tripoli, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Army Website, HO)
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Security forces launched a wide-ranging crackdown in Tripoli Tuesday that brought calm to the embattled northern city but failed to apprehend militia leaders who went into hiding ahead of the raids.Around 1,800 Lebanese Army and Internal Security Forces personnel were deployed in Tripoli in the early hours of the morning and conducted an estimated 40 raids in several neighborhoods of Lebanon's second largest city.Security forces in Akkar also raided the home of ADP leader Ali Eid, who is accused of helping to smuggle out a suspect involved in twin car bombings in Tripoli last summer.The Army raided the neighborhood of Riva and detained militia leader Jihad Dandashi, along with 10 other people including three Syrians.Tripoli gunmen and fighters went into hiding in anticipation of the security plan's implementation, after the military prosecutor issued 200 warrants, including some for militia leaders in the city. Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr issued warrants on charges related to armed clashes, car bombs, kidnapping and forgery, as well as the attempted murder of civilians and Army soldiers.MP Walid Jumblatt mocked the security plan, saying the government's announcement gave militia leaders enough time to flee the city.
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