Lebanese army and Civil Defense members inspect the damage caused by two suicide bombs in a busy area of Beirut's southern district of Bourj al-Barajneh, a mainly Shiite area, on November 12, 2015. The twin blasts that killed 45 and wounded more than 200 were claimed by the Islamic State. The explosions were the first attacks in more than a year to target a Hezbollah stronghold inside Lebanon, and came at time when the group is stepping up its involvement in the Syrian civil war.
Father Ibrahim Sarouj, a Greek Orthodox priest from Tripoli, northern Lebanon, at the Al-Saeh Library, October 3, 2015. The library, owned by him, is considered one of the most renowned in Tripoli. On the night of January 3, 2014, unknown men shot a library employee and torched Al-Saeh, also known as the Traveler’s Library, destroying two thirds of some 80,000 books and manuscripts. The attack came after false rumors circulated that Sarouj had written an article insulting Islam. Many say the incident was an attempt to incite sectarian violence in Tripoli.
Salha Nasser (right), an NGO executive, at her office in South Beirut, on October 9, 2015. Few years ago, on August 15, 2013, as her son was about to leave their apartment, to get a hair cut, an explosion shook the whole building in the Rweiss district of South Beirut, a mainly Shiite area. The car bomb killed 24 people, including the barber. The blast, came amid sectarian tensions over the intervention of Shia Muslim Hezbollah in Syria's civil war. A radical Sunni group, the Brigades of Aisha, claimed responsibility for the attack.
Bab al-Tabbaneh, Tripoli, northern Lebanon, on October 13, 2015. Since the end of the Lebanese civil war, Sunni-majority Bab al-Tabbaneh and Alawite-majority Jabal Mohsen, have been fighting sporadically. The start of the Syrian civil war in 2011 increased the violence between the two neighborhoods but a fragile truce has been in place for almost two years now.
Residents from Jabal Mohsen, a majority-Alawite area, play cards at a local coffee house, Tripoli, Lebanon, November 12, 2015. Since the start of the civil war in Syria, sectarian tensions between Alawites and Sunnis caused multiple armed clashes between Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh. The implementation of a security plan almost three years ago brought the army to the streets and the fighting stopped.