BEIRUT: Funded by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a rehabilitation project in Tripoli was launched Friday to reconstruct the green line between the warring Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh.
Tripoli’s ironically named Syria Street, which separates the two neighborhoods whose residents differ in stance with regard to Assad's regime, had suffered harsh destruction due to previous armed clashes.
Jabal Mohsen, with a majority of Alawite residents, was dominated by pro-Assad militias fighting Bab al-Tabbaneh’s anti- Assad Sunni combatants.
The clashes started with the emergence of the civil war in Syria, and only ended with the success of the Army's security plan for Tripoli, which came into effect in April 1. Following the success of the security plan, many reconciliation initiatives have appeared, including the Hariri funded reconstruction.
The launch was celebrated by Hariri’s representative MP Samir Jisr, Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas who was representing Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Tripoli’s mayor Nader Ghazal.
Derbas spoke about Salam’s plans to invest in Tripoli’s development, discussing new factories, seaports and trains. He also praised Hariri and his efforts saying: “Saad Hariri follows his father’s path in transforming debris into buildings, expelling darkness by his persistent candles.”