Fighters of Bab Al Tebbaneh, Tripoli

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26 Oct 2013 08:00

In Lebanon’s second largest city, Tripoli, Alawites loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime battle with Sunni's that support the Free Syrian opposition that live within blocks of each-other. The proxy conflict in Tripoli began over 30 years ago during the Lebanese civil war under the Syrian military occupation. Many of the Sunni fighters have crossed into Syria to fight alongside the Free Syrian Army against the regime and its allies. Tripoli, is a city that directly reflects the sectarian divisions in neighboring Syria. WIth the bombings in both Tripoli and Beirut's Dahiyeh the sectarian arms race in Tripoli continues for weaponry for what they fear is going to be the worst fighting seen in the region. Alawites populate a hillside called Jabal Mohsen and the Sunnis live in Bab al Tebbaneh that rests in the valley at the base of the hill. Events in Syria easily trigger an exchange of sniper fire and sporadic mortar shelling. All militias engaged in the conflict are heavily armed with RPGs, mortars, and heavy machine guns. In one night, over 1,000 mortars were exchanged in Tripoli. The Lebanese army has returned repeatedly to try and stabilize the area resulting in many casualties without making headway. The army has created a buffer zone on the infamous Syria Street, which has served as a front line between the battling sects since the conflict began. The Sunni fighters are always in preparation for a final fight against their pro Assad regime Alawite neighbors.

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Street Fighters of Tripoli 1
Lebanon Tripoli
By Osie Greenway
16 Aug 2013

Sunni fighters some who have been fighting in the area for over twenty years in Bab al Tabbaneh believe the time is coming for major conflict against the Alawite militias based in nearby Jabal Mohsen in Tripoli, Lebanon.

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Street Fighters of Tripoli 2
Lebanon Tripoli
By Osie Greenway
17 Aug 2013

This building covered in Sunni martyr posters who have died both in Tripoli and fighting in Syria is monumental to the Sunni militias in the area and symbol to the older fighters who stopped the Syrian army occupation at this building from advancing deeper into Tripoli in the early 1980s.Tripoli's Bab al Tabbaneh.

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Street Fighters of Tripoli 3
Lebanon Tripoli
By Osie Greenway
16 Aug 2013

Sunni fighters in Tripoli’s Bab al Tabbaneh prepare for possible night clashes against the Alawite militias based in Jabal Mohsen by checking weapons and loading magazine into their web gear, the night ended in sporadic sniper fire between the neighborhoods.

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Street Fighters of Tripoli 4
Lebanon Tripoli
By Osie Greenway
16 Aug 2013

Sunni Fighter from Bab al Tebbaneh displays his recent wounds from clashes with the Alawite fighters, a bullet entered from behind his jaw and exited at the lower gums and another shattered his thumb. He explained that Lebanese hospitals are weary of treating wounded fighters because of consequences from the Lebanese Army.

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Street Fighters of Tripoli 5
Lebanon Tripoli
By Osie Greenway
16 Aug 2013

Bab al Tabbaneh, rests at the base of the pro Assad neighborhood of Jabal a Mohsen, inside Lebanon's second largest city Tripoli. The area is well known for its decades of sectarian clashes and its streets that are always under the watch of militia snipers.

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Street Fighters of Tripoli 6
Tripoli Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
30 May 2013

Syria Street in the heart of the fighting in Lebanon’s second largest city Tripoli, the street sits at the base of Jabal Mohsen where Alawite militias loyal to Syria’s President Bashar Assad supported by Hezbollah battle with the Sunni supporters of the Syrian opposition at the base of the hill in Bab Tabbaneh. The battles here have been going on for over 20 years and the death toll in the last months has risen with recent clashes claiming 30 dead 200 wounded and 18 Lebanese army soldiers killed during the fighting. Both sides are heavily armed with RPGs and mortars. In one night alone over 1,000 mortars were exchanged in clashes. The Lebanese army has retuned once again to try and stabilize the area covering Syria St. with Armored vehicles and patrolling the areas of Tripoli around the clock with troops and heavy weaponry.

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tripoli, lebanon
By Osie Greenway
07 Jun 2013

Lebanese Army armored units prepare for battle with religious militias in Tripoli, after taking casualties from repeated ambushes from masked gunmen they believed to be part of the Salafi Militias June 6, 2013.

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Street Fighters of Tripoli 9
Tripoli, Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
31 Dec 2012

A fighter from the Sunni neighborhood of Bab al Tebbaneh fires his assault rifle at Alawite snipers while driving his scooter across an open intersection.

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Street Fighters of Tripoli 10
Tripoli, Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
23 Oct 2013

Sectarian Clashes tied to the Syrian Conflict Break out in Tripoli, Lebanon. Sniper tarps are erected in the streets of Bab al Tebbaneh while under fire from Alawite fighters based in Jabal Mohsen.

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Street Fighters of Tripoli 11
Tripoli, Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
23 Oct 2013

Sniper tarps are erected in the streets of Bab al Tebbaneh while under fire from Alawite fighters based in Jabal Mohsen. These men wait for the runners to toss the chord so they can pull it like a sail until fully open over the intersection. This will allow traffic and fighters to cross the large intersection more freely.

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Tripoli Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
17 Aug 2013

Lebanese Sunnis in Tripoli are illegally arming themselves with the latest in modern weaponry from black markets in Tripoli for upcoming escalation in violence due to recent bombings and the spillover of the Syrian civil war. This fighters response to why carry and purchase weapons was "If we do not protect ourselves who will? "

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Tripoli Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
31 May 2013

Lebanese armored vehicles block the main up hill road that has seen the worst fighting in the last months, this road separates the battling neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab Tebbaneh in Tripoli.

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lebanon Tripoli
By Osie Greenway
16 Aug 2013

Private arsenals filled with new and old weaponry in Tripoli are scattered throughout the city inside shops and homes, both Sunni and Alawite militias are preparing for major clashes in Lebanon due to the direct effect of the Syrian conflict that has spilled into the streets of the country since it began over two years ago.

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Lebanon Tripoli
By Osie Greenway
16 Aug 2013

The Lebanese army has been raiding Bab al Tebbaneh for weapons stashes inside homes and shops like this one, the neighborhoods are anticipating the next round of clashes in Tripoli that they fear to be the worst, these mortar rounds are extremely illegal and highly prized among the militias even though the munitions are dated.

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Tripoli Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
16 Aug 2013

Private arsenals filled with new and old weaponry in Tripoli are scattered throughout the city inside shops and homes, both Sunni and Alawite militias are constantly preparing for major clashes in Lebanon due to the direct effect of the Syrian conflict that has spilled into the streets of the country since it began over two years ago.

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Tripoli Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
16 Aug 2013

Anonymous Sunni militia leader who is under investigation by the military also one of the youngest leaders in Tripoli, “ I hope for peace but have not seen any proof of progress in the area since he was a child,” he said, and has decided to take the responsibility of protecting his neighborhood and family in his own hands and the hands of his fighters. Anonymous Sunni militia leader in Tripoli, who hopes for peace but has not seen any proof of progress in the area since he was a child and has decided to take the responsibility of protecting his neighborhood and family in his own hands and the hands of his fighters.

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lebanon
By Osie Greenway
16 Aug 2013

A sniper from the Sunni neighborhood in Tripoli organizes his equipment and makeshift uniform for possible night clashes with Alawite militias, "I spent 16 years in a Syrian prison, I can not to afford trust anyone who allies with Bashar Assad," .