People attend Friday prayers in the newly refurbished Al-Taqwa Mosque in Tripoli, Friday, May 30, 2014. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Al-Taqwa Mosque in the northern city of Tripoli has been fully reopened after repairs to damage from a terrorist bombing last August, with crowds of worshipers showing up for Friday prayers.
The mosque was packed Friday with some 1,300 worshipers, and another 1,000 outside.
At least 42 people were killed and more than 400 wounded when twin car bomb blasts hit Al-Taqwa Mosque and nearby Al-Salam Mosque on Aug. 23, 2013. The mosque suffered extensive damage in the blast.
A sit-in was held outside the mosque after midday prayers Friday to protest the re-election of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
"Someone who kills women and children with barrel bombs cannot rule Syria," the protesters shouted.
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