In Tripoli, One Street Brings the Syrian War Home

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◘ Sunni neighbourhood of Bab el Tebbaneh faces the Alawite community of Jabal Mohsen

◘ Sunnis support their Syrian co-religionists while the Alawites support the President Bashar who is also Alawite

◘ Since March 2011, almost 200 from both sides of Syria St have been killed in bombings and shootings

◘ two communities have been in conflict for centuries in the Levant

◘ the communities were not separated until the Lebanese Civil War (1976-1990)

◘ Saudi Arabia is believed to finance Bab el-Tebbaneh, while Syria and Iran are seen as the backers of Jabal Mohsen

◘ The communities are among the poorest in Lebanon

◘ the militias are often the only employment for young men

TIME

The battle lines of Syria are reflected in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. In the north of city, the Sunni neighbourhood of Bab el Tebbaneh faces the Alawite community of Jabal Mohsen. The two areas are divided by Syria Street which is often criss-crossed by bullets and bombs.

The Sunnis support their Syrian co-religionists who are rebelling against the regime of President Bashar Assad in Damascus while the Alawites support the President who is also Alawite.

Many residents of both areas have gone to fight in Syria while those that remain are also drawn into violence. Since March 2011, almost 200 from both sides of Syria St have been killed in bombings and shootings. In the most recent major incident, nine people were killed and more than 30 wounded on Jan. 10 in a Jabal Mohsen café when two suicide bombers blew themselves up.

The two communities have been…

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