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Clashes continue to rock Tripoli

BEIRUT | iloubnan.info, with agencies - October 25, 2014, 11h53
Photo: National News Agency
Clashes broke out between the army and Islamist militants in Tripoli on Friday evening leaving 10 wounded, according to the Daily Star.
On Friday gunfire was heard in Tripoli’s markets on Friday followed by clashes in the city’s Jewelry market and the old Serail with violence continuing on Saturday morning.

According to the NNA, three army soldiers were wounded during the initial clashes forcing the army to bring in reinforcements.

Former Prime Minister Najib Mikati, former minister Ahmad Karami, MP Mohammad Kabbara and other prominent figures met on Saturday morning in the residence of the Mufti of Tripoli, Sheikh Malek Shaar, to discuss the turbulent security situation in the city.

Among Friday night’s wounded included a 17-year-old boy, a photographer and five army soldiers.

This has been the most intense fighting Tripoli has seen since the government implemented a security plan in the spring to end clashes between supporters and opponents of Bashar al-Assad.

According to sources reported in the daily star, the Islamic militants are affiliated with ISIS and are not members of the al-Nusra front.

One militant was killed during the clashes, which started when they attacked an army patrol in Tripoli’s old souks. Ambulances were rushed in to evacuate residents and a fire apparently broke out in a shop in the Al-Arid market.

During the night army soldiers chased gunmen through the streets of Tripoli. On Saturday morning army positions were reinforced and snipers placed on some roofs, whilst residents stayed in their homes.

The attack on the army is supposedly in retaliation for the arrest of an alleged ISIS commander, Mikati, who the military detained during a raid in Dinnieh on Thursday.

The clashes are escalating on Saturday morning with over twelve rockets and heavy gunfire heard in the Areed and Nahaseen souks and on Khan al Aaskar, Tarbaiya and the Rahibat street, according to the NNA. Because of the architectural structure of the city, the clashes are expected to last several days.
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