Lebanon: Tripoli, security plan implemented to stop violence

Thousand troops to stop clashes exacerbated by Syrian conflict

01 April, 13:40

    Soldiers and armored vehicles patrol the streets of Bab al-Tabbaneh  in Tripoli (archive) Soldiers and armored vehicles patrol the streets of Bab al-Tabbaneh in Tripoli (archive)

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT - More than a thousand Lebanese soldiers were engaged Tuesday in the northern city of Tripoli in the implementation of the highly anticipated "safety plan" to bring "peace and stability" to the Northern Lebanon main port which has torn apart for years by armed clashes of religious nature, exacerbated due to the nearby Syrian conflict.

    The media in Beirut reported that government troops were deployed early Tuesday to three hot zones in the city: Jabal Mohsen, Bab Tabbaneh and Qubbe, the scenes of clashes between anti-regime Sunni militiamen and Syrian Alawites loyal to the rival family Assad, in power in neighboring Syria for nearly half a century. In the last and most recent wave of violence from last week, a dozen people were killed in fighting outbreaks.

    Army helicopters flew over the city while military carried out arrests and searches aand the removal of barricades and walls of sandbags in the battered suburbs. (ANSAmed).

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