Some locals compare the Army crackdown to a state of emergency law. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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After 20 rounds of fighting linked to the Syrian war, cautious optimism has returned to the streets of the northeastern city of Tripoli, as residents pick up the pieces after their very own persistent war.Security forces led by the Lebanese Army spread into new areas of Tripoli Wednesday, including the restive neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh, as part of its crackdown to restore stability in the city.Last week, the public prosecutor issued 200 arrest warrants, including several for militia leaders in Tripoli.Sunnis still want Ali Eid, the leader of the pro-Assad Arab Democratic Party of Jabal Mohsen, to be arrested.Residents of Bab al-Tabbaneh marched earlier toward Jabal Mohsen in an overture for reconciliation, and one Jabal merchant said he saw several fighters reaching out to the neighborhood's Alawites.Jabal Mohsen now finds itself without a leader – the Eid family appears to have fled amid fears that its scions might be arrested amid the Army crackdown, along with other gunmen and militia leaders.
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