Sunday, 19 February 2012

Why a .762 round is no joke

 These were taken while working on a story with the ever wise scribe Mr Josh Wood and talented translator Miss Naziha Baassiri, which will no doubt soon be gracing the pages of the International  Herald Tribune for y'all to read (hopefully with one of these pics). All three patients are suffering paralysis to some degree, which they claim is due to gunfire from government forces whilst they were attending protests, and are receiving treatment at a private hospital in Tripoli.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Picking up the pieces

I missed the fighting in Tripoli on Saturday but on Sunday, myself and colleagues Josh Wood and Zak Brophy went to sift through (almost still smoldering) the rubble. We saw residential apartments in both neighbourhoods that had been wrecked by RPG/Energa fire, with people from both sides claiming that the other was entirely to blame.  
This scenario is old news here, these neighbourhoods have been fighting for years. However, the current conflict in Syria has given them yet another reason to have at it, and sadly, likely the the funds to do so too. During the Civil War Lebanon was a sandpit in which the world waged its wars; it'll be a sad day if this becomes the case again.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Protests and potshots in Tripoli

A new sight for me at the Sunni anti-Assad protests in Tripoli (that'll be the Lebanese one) on Friday was a small female contingent, albeit separated from the male demonstrators by a rather stern chaperone.

 Following the protests, fighting erupted between militias in two neighbouring yet warring districts of the city. The hardline Sunni/Salafi and Alawite communities have been at each others' throats since the civil war but things are heating up here as it's now a sectarian microcosm for the fighting across the border in Syria. More about that from the tweets of the talented Mr. Joshua Wood here and the BBC. Sadly I filed too late too make the Reuters deadline, dammit.
Apologies for the watermarks but it's still an ongoing news story and bloggers are fond of stealing pictures and not attributing them.    
A sunni milita man runs beneath a Free Syrian Army flag as he heads toward the fighting.
Streets empty as gunfire rings out.
Tripoli residents cautiously peer down the street at Bab al-Tabbaneh, the Sunni neighbourhood  involved in the fighting.