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Judge charges 79 over Tripoli clashes

File - Lebanese Army soldiers stand guard outside the Beirut Military Court. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr charged 79 suspects Saturday with involvement in Tripoli clashes, with only six of them in currently in custody.

The suspects were charged 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."

Judge Saqr then referred the file to First Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda for investigation.

Dozens of suspects have been detained and charged 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.

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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