Lebanon News

Tripoli militia commanders surrender to Army

File photo of Lebanese troops patrolling a street in Tripoli, north Lebanon. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)

TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Four militia commanders involved in recent fighting in the northern city of Tripoli turned themselves in to the Lebanese Army Tuesday.

Security sources told The Daily Star that Amer Ibrahim al-Maarouf, Amer Arish, Hussam Abu Mkhaiber and Jamal al-Maneh have surrendered to Army Intelligence.

The sources said all four men are wanted by authorities in connection with gunbattles between the rival neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh.

In a statement, the military confirmed the surrender of Arish, but made no mention of the other three men.

The Army said Arish is wanted on multiple arrest warrants.

The statement said the Army began questioning Arish under the supervision of judicial officers.

The Army along with the Internal Security Forces have arrested a number of militia commanders and gunmen after the military prosecutor issued over 200 warrants.

The two districts have been feuding since the 1975-1990 Lebanese Civil War, but the traditional rivalry between Alawite Jabal Mohsen and mainly Sunni Bab al-Tabbaneh has been aggravated by the three-year-old crisis in neighboring Syria.

Lebanon’s Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr Monday charged an additional 38 individuals over gunbattles in Tripoli.





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