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August 24, 2013

Lebanon car bombings kill dozens outside mosques

Lebanon car bombings kill dozens outside mosques

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42 or more people have died, the Lebanese health ministry says, and over 500 wounded, from two car bomb explosions yesterday in the largely Sunni Muslim Lebanese city of Tripoli. The blasts occurred outside of the Taqwa and al-Salam mosques while hundreds of worshipers were gathered for Friday noon prayer. There has been reportedly no claim for responsibility as yet.

The first explosion, near the Taqwa mosque, reportedly occurred at 1:50pm local time (1050 UTC) killing 14 or more. The second, in which further deaths were reported, was caused by 100 kilograms of explosives according to the Interior Ministry. The imams of both mosques, Salafists Sheikh Salem al-Rafei and Bilal Baroudi, were unharmed in the attacks.

There have also been reports of unidentified gunmen firing into the air, hurling rocks at soldiers, and blocking roads near the blast sites.

A week earlier, a car bomb in Beirut killed 24 or more and left several hundred wounded.

Hezbollah condemned both the Tripoli explosions which they said they believed were part of “an effort to plunge Lebanon into chaos and destruction”. Lebanese Defence Minister Fayez Ghosn said “We are calling for calm and vigilance, because the aim of [these blasts] is to stoke strife between sects”.



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July 13, 2009

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Amin al-Hafez dies at age 83

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Amin al-Hafez dies at age 83

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Amin al-Hafez, the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, has died at the age of 83. Al-Hafez was sworn in as Prime Minister on April 25, 1973 by President Suleiman Franjieh. Al-Hafez was forced to resign after less than two months on June 21.

The Sunni Muslim al-Hafez faced a hard time as Prime Minister as opposing religious leaders and fellow Sunnis refused to recognise him as Prime Minister. Two years after he resigned, Lebanon, which was already in conflict with Palestinian troops, entered a 15-year civil war. He continued to serve as a member of parliament for Tripoli until 1996.

A three-day mourning has been declared by Prime Minister Fouad Siniora. The flags at the government institutions will be flown at half mast during this period. Al-Hafez’s body will be buried in Tripoli.



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May 11, 2008

Fighting continues in Tripoli, Lebanon

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

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Over thirty people have died as a result of several days of fighting in Lebanon, with the latest violence having occurred in the Lebanese city of Tripoli. The violence is the result of conflict between Hezbollah and supporters of the Lebanese government. Over the past four days, there has also been violence in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, although most of the violence has now left that city. A BBC reporter noted that machine guns and rocket propelled grenades were being used.

A US government spokesperson discussing the situation in Lebanon on Friday

Approximately 7000 people have now evacuated from the scene of the violence, although the level of violence has decreased after the Lebanese government announced that it would retract two decisions which have proven to be controversial with supporters of Hezbollah.

According to The New York Times, Hezbollah currently has control of a large amount of Beirut. A TV station that supported the Lebanese government is no longer broadcasting as a result of these recent incidents.

The United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice commented on these latest incidents. She said that she was “deeply concerned” by the current situation in Lebanon. She also stated that, in her opinion, Hezbollah should stop “undermining the legitimate authority of the Lebanese government.”

The Washington Post also reported on the incident. It reported that the Lebanese government was struggling to bring an end to the violence.

In addition to the 36 deaths from the violence, over ten dozen people have been wounded, some seriously, by the attacks.

On Friday, a US government spokesperson discussed the ongoing situation. He said:

Cquote1.svg The United States is deeply concerned about the ongoing violence in Lebanon. We condemn the use of force by illegitimate armed groups and call upon all parties to respect the rule of law. Backed by Syria and Iran, Hezbollah and its allies are killing and injuring fellow citizens, undermining the legitimate authority of the Lebanese Government and the institutions of the Lebanese state. Seeking to protect their state within a state, Hezbollah has exploited its allies and demonstrated its contempt for its fellow Lebanese. No one has the right to deprive Lebanese citizens of their political and economic freedom, their right to move freely within their country, or their sense of safety and security. Cquote2.svg

Prime Minster of Lebanon Fouad Siniora also commented on the incidents. He demanded that Hezbollah “remove its fighters from the streets… and respect government institutions.”



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May 24, 2007

Lebanese Army and Fatah al-Islam resume fighting

Lebanese Army and Fatah al-Islam resume fighting

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

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Days after Palestinian refugees fled the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, fighting resumed between the Lebanese Army and the terrorist group, Fatah al-Islam. The fighting, ongoing since Sunday, has so far claimed 69 lives. Elias Murr, the Lebanese defense minister, told Al Arabiyya as quoted:

Cquote1.svg The army will not negotiate with a group of terrorists and criminals. Their fate is arrest, and if they resist the army, death. There are two choices: The first one, which we prefer, is that they surrender … the other, which we don’t like … is military action. Cquote2.svg

Earlier today in Beirut, the Lebanese Prime Minister, Fouad Siniora, addressed the nation over the current battle in Nahr al-Bared; televised at the Grand Serail. Fouad Siniora issued an ultimatum against Fatah al-Islam, saying that Lebanon would not give in to terrorism.

Cquote1.svg We will put an end to the terrorist phenomenon without hesitation. Cquote2.svg

Fouad Siniora went on by describing Fatah al Islam as “attempting to ride on the suffering and the struggle of the Palestinian people.” He went on to address the Palestinian refugees within the country:

Cquote1.svg You are our brothers. We share with you the bad times before the good ones. Cquote2.svg

However, Fatah al-Islam fired back on Fouad Siniora’s ultimatum, saying that more bombing would take place unless the Lebanese Army backs down. On Wednesday evening, a bomb exploded in a north-eastern Druze district of Aley. Five people were wounded according to a senior security official.

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May 20, 2007

Fighting erupts between Lebanese army and Islamist group

Fighting erupts between Lebanese army and Islamist group

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Gun battles erupted today as the Internal Security Forces of Lebanon, mainly the police and the Lebanese Army, tried to arrest suspects of a bank robbery that occurred a day earlier in Amyoun, southeast Tripoli. Clashes erupted between the Lebanese Army and a Palestinian Islamist group, Fatah al-Islam, in the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp early morning just after police raided a militant-occupied apartment. Twenty-two ISF personnels and over ten militants and civilians were killed or injured.

Fatah al-Islam is a Palestinian Islamist group believed to be supported by neighboring Syria, which is accused by the Lebanese government of attempting to destabilize the country. However, the leader of Fatah al-Islam is on the run from Syrian authorities, and Syria has shut down two of its border crossings into Lebanon for security reasons.

As the battle between the ISF and the Islamist group went on, Fatah al-Islam warned that the “Gates of Hell” would be opened all over Lebanon if the ISF did not back down. As a result of this warning, crossing into northern parts of Lebanon has been suspended until further notice.

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