The St. Georges Church in Zahrieh that was targeted with a stun grenade last month.
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Both Christian and Muslim residents of Tripoli are considering leaving the volatile northern city in light of the deteriorating security situation and the rise of religious extremism.Samir Khoury, a Christian, who grew up in the mixed Zahrieh neighborhood of Tripoli, decided to leave behind all the sweet memories of the city and look for a house in Koura, the closest qada to Tripoli. Khoury explained that he did not feel targeted in Tripoli because he was a Christian, but because he was a proponent of diversity in Tripoli.Khoury, previously a bank manager, said he couldn't spend more than two weeks away from the city because he missed it too much.Khoury is not the only Christian who has decided to leave Tripoli out of fear for his safety.Although a stun grenade was tossed at St. Georges Church in Zahrieh last month, Ibrahim said he didn't believe that Christians in particular were being targeted in Tripoli. However, he acknowledged many Christians had left the city because of the security situation. Ismail Nabulsi, a Muslim resident of Tripoli, also said he felt his lifestyle in Tripoli was being targeted.
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