A sheikh speaks to reporters during a protest against Syria in the northern city of Tripoli, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (The Daily Star/stringer)
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Tripoli residents took to the streets after Friday prayers to demand the Lebanese government cut ties with Damascus over its alleged involvement in the 2013 mosque bombings in the northern city.The demonstration comes a week after a Lebanese court accused Syria of being involved in the Al-Salam and Al-Taqwa mosque bombings, which killed more than 40 people and wounded hundreds of others.Sunni preacher Sheikh Salem al-Rifai called on politicians to boycott the Syrian ambassador in case the Lebanese government fails to formally expel him.The Lebanese Army began deploying heavily across Tripoli late-Thursday in preparation for the demonstration.
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