Thursday, May 17, 2012

More intra-Arab fighting gets downplayed

From Al Arabiya:
One person was killed and five were wounded on Thursday in fresh clashes between pro- and anti-Syrian regime districts in the north Lebanon port city of Tripoli, a security official said.

“Sporadic clashes involving the use of rockets and machineguns began at around 4:00 am (0100 GMT) between the neighborhoods of Bab al-Tebanneh and Jabal Mohsen,” said the official, who requested anonymity.

Battles first erupted on Saturday between residents of the rival neighborhoods after security forces arrested Shadi al-Mawlawi, an Islamist, on alleged charges of belonging to a terrorist organization.

Mawlawi’s supporters say he was targeted because of his help for Syrian refugees fleeing to Lebanon.

Some 500 of them blocked a main road leading into Tripoli on Monday and said they would leave only after Mawlawi was released.

A total of ten people, including a soldier hit by sniper fire, died in the port city and dozens were wounded in the fighting.
When you think about the Middle Eastern countries where the most Arabs are being killed, Israel is pretty far down the list. Just ask people from Yemen, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Algeria and Bahrain, as well as Lebanon, all of where Arabs have been killed over the past month by government forces.

But according to PCHR, not a single Palestinian Arab was killed by the IDF in the same time period.