Lebanon News

More charged over clashes in north Lebanon

File photo of Lebanese policemen at a checkpoint in Tripoli.(REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim)

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr Friday charged five more Lebanese nationals over armed clashes in the northern city of Tripoli.

A judicial source told The Daily Star all five suspects are from the pro-Assad, mainly Alawite Jabal Mohsen neighborhood, who are suspected of fighting rival gunmen in nearby Bab al-Tabbaneh, a majority Sunni district that supports Syrian rebels.

Violence in Tripoli has significantly decreased since the beginning of April in a sign the security plan for Lebanon's second-largest city has taken hold.

Saqr charged the five men with forming an armed ring aimed at “committing crimes against people, undermining the authority of the state, opening fire and acts of sabotage.”

He referred the suspects to Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda.





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