In Lebanon, minority Alawites wounded in attacks in latest spillover from Syria’s civil war

18 Dec 2013   Lebanon, Syria

One man was dragged from his taxi. Eight others were ordered off a bus on their way home from work. The victims were shot in the legs by masked gunmen, a brutal tactic that officials say has been used on dozens of members of Tripoli’s minority Alawite community in recent months. The intimidation campaign is the latest spillover from neighboring Syria’s long-running civil war, which has been re-created in microcosm in this impoverished port city, Lebanon’s ­second-largest. Alawite residents of the Jabal Mohsen neighborhood who back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad , a fellow Alawite, have frequently clashed with Sunni residents of nearby Bab al-Tabbaneh, who support the Syrian rebels. The Alawites are a minority Shiite sect. In August, two Sunni mosques were bombed , killing more than 40 people; Alawite leader Ali Eid was charged with aiding one of the suspects. A few days after the […]

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