TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Dozens of young men and women rode a “peace train” in Tripoli Thursday in memory of the twin mosque bombings that took place almost a year prior, their motorized procession raising the voice of peace and tolerance in the rarely-tranquil city.
Two days prior to the anniversary of the terrorist attacks, the House of Arts and Sciences Association, the Path Association and the Permanent Peace Movement organized a special march in between the two mosques that were targeted on Aug. 23, 2013.
At least 42 people were killed and more than 400 wounded when twin car bombs hit Al-Taqwa Mosque at the Abu Ali roundabout and the nearby As-Salam Mosque on that day. The mosques also suffered extensive damage as a result of the blast. Officials from the Tripoli-based pro-Syrian Arab Democratic Party were charged with the attack.
The organizers of Thursday’s symbolic procession called “a trip of the peace train, from piety peace,” in reference to the names of the two mosques: Al-Taqwa, meaning piety, and As-Salam, meaning peace.
Wearing white shirts and holding white balloons, those involved waved Lebanese flags as they voiced their support of a Tripoli free from violence and war.
“One year after Tripoli’s mosques-bombings, here we are taking this step to support civil peace and coexistence,” said Mohammad Deeb, head of the House of Arts and Sciences Association.