BEIRUT: Numerous people blocked a road in the northern city of Tripoli Monday to protest the transfer of three prisoners from Qibbeh to Roumieh Prison.
Security forces were able to reopen the street soon after the relatives and friends of the three prisoners burning tires to block the Beddawi road.
Authorities at the Qibbeh Prison in Tripoli decided to transfer inmates Bilal Mehrez, Shadi al-Sabti and Abdallah al-Sabbagh to Roumieh Prison, where they will serve the remainder of their sentences. The families argued that the transfer would make it difficult to visit their loves ones.
The prisoners circulated photos of bed sheets on social media, claiming they would commit suicide if the transfer took place.
Prison guards in Qibbeh took strict measures inside the prison facility to prevent inmates from carrying out the threat.