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Lebanon charges militia leaders over Tripoli clashes

A Lebanese Army helicopter flies over buildings as soldiers are deployed as part of a security plan for Tripoli. (REUTERS/File/Omar Ibrahim)

BEIRUT: Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr charged 10 suspects, including five well-known militia commanders, over gunbattles in the northern city of Tripoli.

A judicial source said Saqr charged the men with belonging to an armed ring aimed at carrying out terrorist acts as well as killing and attempting to kill Lebanese Army soldiers.

Saqr also charged them with possession of weapons, inflicting damage on properties, stirring sectarian strife and undermining the authority of the state.

Among those charged were field commanders Ziad Allouki, Saad al-Masri, Khaled Kawas and Omar Teheish, all from the mainly Sunni Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood, and a fifth suspect Ali Ramadan, known by his nom de guerre "Al-Range," from the rival neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen.

The men had recently surrendered to Army Intelligence, a military statement last week said.

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

 

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