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Lebanon’s Tripoli seeks aid for conflict-affected areas

File photo of Lebanese Army soldiers patrolling Syria Street which divides Jabal Mohsen from Bab al-Tabbaneh. (AP)

TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Officials from the northern city of Tripoli sought Friday emergency assistance for people affected by recent armed clashes.

“Implementing the security plan must coincide with the immediate implementation of a relief assistance program for those affected, particularly those who need emergency medical and social care,” said a statement issued after a meeting at the home of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s north Lebanon advisor, Abdul-Ghani Kabbara.

Nevertheless, the statement hailed the security plan for Tripoli as successful and praised former Prime Minister Saad Hariri for pledging to support a road rehabilitation plan.

Hariri has vowed to repair the damaged Syria Street, which separates the warring Tripoli neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen, a predominantly Alawite area that supports Syrian President Bashar Assad, and mainly Sunni Bab al-Tabbaneh, which backs the Syrian uprising.

The Tripoli meeting – attended by Future MPs Ahmad Fatfat, Samir Jisr, Mohammad Kabbara, Khaled Daher, and Moeen Merhebi as well as Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi – also urged the government to finalize development projects for north Lebanon.

They also called on the government to speed up the appointment of governors for Akkar and Hermel “due to the positive effects that will have on [economic] growth.”

 

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