Alawite Tripoli resident wounded
in gunfire attack

BEIRUT - Unknown gunmen opened fire on a resident of the Alawite neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen in Tripoli overnight Saturday, the latest in a series of shootings to target Alawites in the strife-stricken northern city.


The victim, identified as Youssef Mama, was wounded in the legs and abdomen, the National News Agency reported.


He was later admitted into Al-Sayde Hospital for treatment.


In recent weeks, Alawite residents of Jabal Mohsen have been the target of shooting attacks in Tripoli, with gunmen hitting a number of men in their legs. The latest attack occurred on December 26.


Attacks against Jabal Mohsen residents led to a flare-up of sectarian clashes between the Alawite-populated Jabal Mohsen and the neighboring Sunni-quarter of Bab al-Tebbaneh.


At least 11 people were killed in the most recent round of clashes between the two areas that lasted from November 30 until December 3.


The latest fighting in Tripoli pushed Lebanese authorities into granting an expanded security mandate on December 2 to the country's armed forces operating in the troubled northern city.


Tension has skyrocketed in Tripoli since the judiciary began a probe into the Jabal Mohsen-based Arab Democratic Party over its alleged role in the bombings of August 23, which left dozens dead outside two Sunni mosques.

The victim, identified as Youssef Mama, was wounded in the legs and abdomen.