Lebanese authorities decided Monday to place Tripoli under army control for six months after a wave of sectarian killings linked to Syria’s war left 11 dead in the main northern city. The decision was taken at a meeting between President Michel Sleiman, army chief General Jean Kahwaji and Prime Minister Najib Mikati, the premier’s office said.
The army would also be in charge of carrying out arrests ordered by the judiciary.Security measures such as patrols and checkpoints have already been increased in the port city, the military itself announced.
The man, Issa Tiba, was from the Alawite district of Jabal Mohsen, whose residents have been locked in fierce fighting with rivals in the neighbouring Sunni district of Bab el-Tebbaneh since Saturday.
Tensions between the neighbouring areas date back to Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil war but have been exacerbated by the conflict across the border in Syria, where Alawite President Bashar al-Assad is battling a Sunni-led uprising.
source: voice of russia