Once again, Tripoli is under fire. Several people were killed and dozens wounded, as supporters and opponents of Syrian president Bashar Assad exchanged heavy gunfire.
The Lebanese Army also came under attack prompting it to return fire and deploy its forces throughout the city. Residents were left on the edge while schools and businesses closed.
It is not clear how these clashes erupt, but many say this round started over Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s acceptance to form the long-deadlocked government with Hezbollah.
Analysts believe Hariri’s announcement marginalizes the militia men of Bab al-Tabbaneh whose aim was to fight Hezbollah in Tripoli.Mr. Awad expressed optimism in the new national unity government to be formed, hoping it would bring calm to the restive city.
Tripoli has witnessed 18 rounds of sectarian clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad since the beginning of the Syrian unrest almost three years ago.
Lebanese President Michel Sleiman and caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati have placed Tripoli under the Army’s command to restore calm and end recurrent sectarian fighting.