File - A Lebanese man walks past damaged buildings from clashes between the Lebanese army and Islamic militants in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014.
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Nearly two months have passed since clashes rocked the northern city of Tripoli and residents are still waiting on government to compensate them for damages.Mohammad Hijazi, a merchant selling men's clothing in Tripoli's souks, lost his entire shop after the clashes of late October that pitted the Army against militants in the city and in Minyeh.Hijazi and other merchants affected have come together in an effort to assess the extent of goods lost during the four-day battle, in order to present an inventory to the Higher Relief Committee with the hope of being compensated.In particular the Coalition of Civil Campaigns Against Violence in Tripoli, consisting of 10 non-governmental organizations, has been working to help communities affected by the violence in the northern city.The coalition was founded two years ago and runs voluntary campaigns on the ground, which include removing rubble and helping citizens resume their normal lives. Today, coalition volunteers are working inside Tripoli's markets and Bab al-Tabbaneh, two areas most affected by the clashes. The general coordinator of this coalition, activist Elias Khallat, explained at length to The Daily Star the goals of the current campaign, which received $190,000 in funding from USAID.
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