File - Lebanese soldiers patrol a street in Tripoli, north Lebanon. (REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim)
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The security situation in north Lebanon, particularly in the city of Tripoli and the Akkar district, is still very precarious and carries with it the risks of a possible military flare-up, high-ranking security sources said Sunday.Worse still, the sources warned of attempts by armed groups in the Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood of Tripoli, which are funded by Arab financiers and enjoy popular and political support, to establish a self-controlled security zone independent from state authority to support the Syrian revolution in response to Hezbollah's military intervention alongside President Bashar Assad's forces. These security zones would be similar to security zones in some areas in Beirut, the Bekaa region and the Lebanese-Syrian border, the sources said, referring to areas controlled by Hezbollah fighters. Citing simmering tensions in Tripoli, the sources said renewed clashes between the Lebanese Army and gunmen in the restive Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood, whose residents support the Syrian rebels, were still possible. Although the Bab al-Tabbaneh-Jabal Mohsen fighting has ended under a political deal, the sources warned that the fact that armed groups in Bab al-Tabbaneh were trying to set up self-controlled security zones meant that Tripoli was potentially facing a more dangerous situation.
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