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Militia leader among 11 charged over Tripoli clashes

Lebanese soldiers stand in front of the house of Ali Eid, head of the Arab Democratic Party, in Tripoli, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: The military prosecutor Saturday charged a militia commander, along with ten other people from the northern city of Tripoli, with forming an armed group, killing innocent civilians and inciting sectarian strife.

Judge Saqr Saqr charged 11 suspects, including Khaled Shaykho commander of an armed group in Bab al-Tabbaneh, with “forming an armed group with the aim of harming people, sabotaging the authority of the state, shooting security forces, inciting sectarian sentiments, damaging public and private property as well as killing and attempted killing."

Earlier this week, the Internal Security Forces detained Shaykho in Bab al-Tabbaneh.

The suspect is among a number of militia leaders who have been detained since security forces, led by the Lebanese Army, began implementing a security plan on April 1 to restore law and order to the restive city.

Earlier this week, Saqr charged 12 people, including pro-Assad Arab Democratic Party official Rifaat Eid, over clashes in Tripoli, Lebanon’s second largest city.

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.

Meanwhile, security forces discovered a vehicle in a Tripoli neighborhood containing a large quantity of weapons. The vehicle was identified as a green Nissan Tiida.





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