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Tensions have been steadily rising in the northern city of Tripoli ever since the Lebanese Army began implementing its security plan in April, drawing the ire of Islamists who say arrests have been random and unjust.A Tripoli MP who chose to remain anonymous told The Daily Star that the security forces' decision to issue arrest warrants against a large number of militia leaders and reopen files of their previous offenses was hugely problematic.According to the MP, the situation exploded quickly and without warning after the arrest of Ibrahim Idlibi and Mahmoud Darwish, who are close to both Sabbagh and Rafei.However, the MP stressed to The Daily Star that the city had grown weary of violence and terrorism, taking a jab at recent comments by Rafei in which he suggested Sunnis in Lebanon may choose the same path as Sunnis in Iraq, who have rallied behind ISIS to try to overthrow the government.
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