Deadly clashes that have cost the lives of more than 17 soldiers and 25 gunmen have been going on in Saida the last few days. And it seems like the fighting is still going on right now.
Our friend Gihda from Saida tweeted and posted facebook updates during the clashes.
Facebook Update: Clashes have been going on for 19 hours straight NONSTOP.. We have to electricity. No Tv. No phone lines. Snipers are everywhere on top of buildings shooting whoever moves on the streets.. People are stuck in their buildings crying for help or a way to get out. I live in Hilaliyye and it’s pretty intense here. However, this has spread to all of Saida. THIS NEEDS TO STOP. Not sure what can be done.
Gunshots and Prayers.
Gihda also recorded this ironic soundclip of gunshots and prayers…
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Follow Gihda on twitter: @Monkyseemnkydo
Reportedly, a military post was cold bloodedly attacked by gunmen supporting the Radical Salafist Preacher Ahmad al-Assir. Leading the Lebanese Army to sieze his complex, and fighting to spread all over Saida.
Al-Assir is perhaps one of the few religious leaders who has a Tumbler-account dedicated to him simply “Doing Stuff”, and he hit the news hard last winter when he was refused entrance with his 123 person posse to the ski resort town of Faraya to ski with his “friends”.
In the real world Assir is famous for being a profiled opponent of Hezbollah and an outspoken supporter of the Syrian opposition to Assad. Hezbollah has been fighting against the Sheikhs men and many think he is getting too much exposure compared to his importance.
Now the Lebanese Army has siezed his complex in Saida. More than 30 of his men have been captured by the army and more than 25 have been killed. Assir has been reported encouraging his gunmen to “fight til the death”. But for now, speculators say he has fled the area. Snipers are still reported shooting from the roofs and hills around.
Thanks to @Monkyseemnkydo and @hyperchickaisha and @_richadhall for keeping us updated on twitter.
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