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Saqr charges 10 more over Tripoli fighting

BEIRUT: Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr Tuesday charged 10 more suspects with involvement in armed clashes in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. 

Saqr accused the men, only three of which are in custody, of forming an armed ring with the intention of carrying out terrorist attacks and inflicting damage on structures and properties. 

They were referred to Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda. Similar charges have been brought against dozens of suspects over the Tripoli clashes. 

Judge Fadi Sawan Monday requested the death penalty for 32 suspects allegedly involved in the cycles of violence in the city. 

Hundreds of people have been killed and scores wounded since 2008 during numerous rounds of fighting between two rival Tripoli neighborhoods: the Sunni-dominated Bab al-Tabbaneh and the largely Alawite Jabal Mohsen. The fighting has escalated due to the Syrian civil war

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 30, 2014, on page 4.




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