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30 arrest warrants for Tripoli clashes suspects

File photo of Lebanese soldiers patrolling the northern city of Tripoli.(The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)

BEIRUT: Military Investigative Judge Fadi Sawwan issued 30 arrest warrants in absentia against suspects involved in Syria-linked clashes in the northern city of Tripoli.

Sawwan also interrogated Bassam al-Dayekh, a militia commander in Bab al-Tabbaneh, who was arrested earlier this week, and issued an arrest warrant against him.

He also questioned another militia commander in the Sunni majority neighborhood, Bilal Ajamai, issuing a warrant against him as well.

The judge also interrogated Hussein Dib Ahmad from Jabal Mohsen, and issued a warrant.

The judiciary has so far charged dozens of people including militia commanders and political figures in Tripoli over the clashes which have plagued the northern city for three years, and intensified with the crisis in Syria.

A number of militia commanders have also been detained, though many of them fled the city before the government announced that the security plan would take effect in Tripoli.

On April 1, security forces led by the Lebanese Army launched a security plan to restore law and order in Tripoli and end violence in Lebanon’s second largest city. The plan expanded to other border regions to curb infiltration by gunmen, arms smuggling and the entry of explosive-rigged vehicles into the country.

Meanwhile, members of the Internal Security Forces Information Branch raided an arms cache in Jabal Mohsen and discovered large quantity of explosives and ammunition.

 

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