TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Unknown attackers lobbed a bomb at an Islamic aid centre which assists Syrian refugees in the northern Lebanon city of Tripoli, wounding three people, a security official told AFP today.
The official said the attack on the aid organisation, known to be hostile to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and which hangs flags of the Syrian revolution on the walls of its headquarters, came late yesterday.
The official said on condition of anonymity that unidentified men hurled at around 11:00 pm a bomb at the headquarters of an Islamic aid centre that assists Syrian refugees in Tripoli’s district of Qubbe, and the shrapnel from the explosion hurt three people.
Lebanon has seen a spillover of violence from neighbouring Syria since a revolt against Assad morphed into an insurgency after Damascus launched a brutal crackdown against dissent.
Lebanon is sharply divided into pro- and anti-Damascus camps, with the majority of Tripoli’s Sunnis supporting the anti-Assad revolt, while the city’s Alawite community to which Syria’s Assad belongs backs the regime.