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Rifaat Eid, others charged over Tripoli clashes

This undated photo shows the head of the Arab Democratic Party Rifaat Eid. (The Daily Star/Rifaat Eid facebook page)

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Military Prosecutor charged Saturday 12 people, including Arab Democratic Party official Rifaat Eid, over the clashes in the northern city of Tripoli, judicial sources told The Daily Star.

Judge Saqr Saqr charged Eid, the ADP’s politburo chief, and the eleven others, of belonging to an armed terror organization and carrying out terrorist acts in Tripoli, the sources said.

Charges included provoking strife and taking part in fighting in the Tripoli neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen.

Only one of the twelve suspects is in custody while the others remain at large, the sources added.

The Army launched earlier this week a security plan aiming at restoring stability to the city plagued by intermittent battles linked to the Syrian crisis, apprehending dozens of wanted suspects.

ADP sources dismissed earlier reports that Eid fled the country to avoid arrest, but the ADP official's whereabouts remain unkown.

Tripoli has witnessed nearly twenty rounds of violence between the Sunni-dominated Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood and the Jabal Mohsen district populated mostly by Alawites, leaving hundreds of casualties and scores wounded over the past three years.

 

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