BEIRUT

Lebanon News

Lebanese Army commander inspects troops in Tripoli

A convoy of Lebanese army soldiers patrol after days of clashes between pro and anti-Syrian regime groups, in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Thursday Aug. 23, 2012. The latest clashes were between gunmen from the Sunni neighborhood of Bab Tabbaneh and the neighboring Jabal Mohsen, which is mostly populated by followers of the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam. The clashes that began Monday left more than a dozen people dead and dozens more wounded. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

BEIRUT: Head of the Army Gen. Jean Kahwagi toured the northern city of Tripoli Saturday and inspected military units that deployed there earlier this month to end fierce clashes that left at least 17 dead.

Kahwagi stressed the need to preserve security and adopt strict measures in prosecuting violators.

The Army commander inspected Army units in the rival neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh, where gunmen have fought deadly battles this year. He also visited wounded soldiers in Tripoli hospitals, lauding their bravery and wishing them a speedy recovery.

During his visit, Kahwagi praised the soldiers' efforts to restore order in the city, saying that achieving stability in Tripoli is the Army’s priority at this stage, given the matter’s importance for the country in its entirety.

Earlier this month, weeklong clashes in Lebanon's second largest city erupted between gunmen in two rival districts: Sunni dominated Bab al-Tabbaneh, where residents largely back the Syrian uprising, and Alawite majority Jabal Mohsen, where support for Syrian President Bashar Assad runs high.

In response to the clashes, the city's political and security figures met, agreed to a cease-fire and called for the redeployment of the Army, which in turn implemented a security plan to restore order in Tripoli.

On Sunday, troops detained 18 gunmen (11 of whom were later released) and seized quantities of arms, ammunition and military hardware in Al-Zahiriyeh neighborhood, which is adjacent to Bab al-Tabbaneh.

 

Recommended

Advertisement

Comments

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)

comments powered by Disqus

Advertisement

FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE

Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here