• 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.

    Schools and universities were shut as people gathered in Beirut's southern district of Bourj al-Barajneh to mourn the victims of the deadly attacks, November 13, 2015. Claimed by the Islamic State, the explosions killed 45 people and 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.
    Supporters and members of the Sunni Islamist party Hizb Ut-Tahrir parade through the streets of Tripoli, northern Lebanon, carrying their party's flags and shouting slogans during a rally against Russian and U.S. intervention in Syria, October 16, 2015.

    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. 

    A Hezbollah supporter records the speech of the party's Secretary General, Hassan Nasrallah, during a televised address at a rally marking the party's Martyrs' Day in Dahieh, southern Beirut, on October 11, 2015.

    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.

    Sunni worshipers pray inside the al-Salam mosque in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, on October 6, 2015. A little more than two years ago, on August 23, 2013, as locals were finishing the Friday prayers a coordinated car bomb attack hit both the al-Salam and al-Taqwa mosques killing 42 people, wounding hundreds and increasing the sectarian tensions in Lebanon, regarding the civil war in Syria. The explosions in Tripoli came a week after a car bomb killed 24 people in the Rweiss district of south Beirut, a majority Shi'ite Muslim area.
    Bab al-Tabbaneh resident Tareq Hebbewe, 24, Tripoli, on November 5, 2015. Once a Sunni militiaman wielding an AK-47 and participating in clashes against Alawite armed groups from neighbor Jabal Mohsen, Tareq, thanks to the initiative of a local NGO, has recently embraced theater as a way to alert people about the real causes of the violence: endemic unemployment and an absent government.
    A resident of Bab al-Tabbaneh walks with her family on Syria street, Tripoli on October 25, 2015. Syria street runs right between Sunni-majority Bab al-Tabbaneh and Alawite-majority Jabal Mohsen. The start of the Syrian civil war in 2011 increased the violence between the two areas but a fragile truce has been in place for almost a year now. Both are economically deprived neighborhoods.
    Salim Ibrahim, a lambskin exporter from Tripoli, northern Lebanon, November 2, 2015. Prior to the Syrian conflict he used trucks to transport his goods through Syria and beyond however he now must transport by sea, which is more expensive, takes longer and there is higher risk of product loss. His income is a quarter of what it used to be.
    An empty restaurant in the downtown area of Beirut, on October 26, 2015. A travel warning issued by Gulf states (S.Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and the UAE) advising its citizens to stop traveling to Lebanon has hurt the local economy. Hundreds of restaurants have closed especially in Beirut’s upmarket downtown area, and many other tourism-related firms have gone out of business.
    Posters of Bashar al Assad decorate the wall of a local coffee house in the Jabal Mohsen neighborhood, Tripoli, November 12, 2015. Most of the community supports Assad, however it’s very uncommon to find someone approving his violent methods.

    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.

    Jabal Mohsen resident and former Alawite fighter, Ali Amoun, 21, Tripoli, November 8, 2015. When he was 15, Ali sold his motorbike to buy his first AK-47; today he rejects the violence and thanks to the initiative of a local NGO, he also embraced theater as a way to alert people about the real causes of the violence between the two neighborhoods: endemic unemployment and an absent government.
    The portrait of Mahmud Hussein Hassan, a Jabal Mohsen resident, decorates the entrance of a residential building, Tripoli, November 12, 2015. Mr. Hassan died when he tried to prevent one of two suicide bombers from detonating their explosives. The double suicide bombing targeted a Jabal Mohsen coffee house and killed nine people. It was carried out on January 9, 2015, by two Lebanese men associated with the Al-Nusra Front, a Sunni radical group.
    Lebanese and Syrian women work together in a community kitchen in the Bekaa Valley, October 28, 2015. With more than 1.5 million registered Syrian refugees living in Lebanon today, sometimes anti-Syrian sentiments arise in certain areas. Initiatives like this help to integrate both host and refugee communities and reduce tensions between them.
    Hajar (left), 27, and Hiam, 28, inside their tent, in a makeshift refugee settlement located in the Bekaa Valley, east Lebanon, November 4, 2015. Originally from Aleppo, the two women, like the majority of other Syrian refugees living in the same conditions, struggle to pay rent, electricity and feed their families. A recent report by the UNHCR says that 70% of Syrian refugees live bellow the poverty line (U$ 3.84 in Lebanon) and 90% are in debt.
    A Lebanese Shiite man takes part of the 2nd day of the Ashura celebrations in Dahieh, South Beirut, October 15, 2015. Fearing attacks because of its military presence in Syria, Hezbollah has tightened security in Shiite-populated areas of Lebanon during the sacred 10-day Shiite holyday of Ashura which commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussein in the Battle of Karbala in 680. The celebration has become a focal point for sectarian terror attacks in the past decade.
    Rifaat Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanese Resistance Brigade, a Christian paramilitary militia, Ras Baalbek, northern Lebanon, on November 14, 2015. Nasrallah formed the Brigade after fighters from ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, began cross border incursions to attack and kidnap residents. His men are trained and armed by Hezbollah
    Residents of Beirut’s southern district of Bourj al-Barajneh organize a candle vigil for the victims of the twin blasts, Beirut, November 13, 2015. The explosions left 45 people dead and more than 200 wounded. Schools and universities were shut as people gathered to mourn the victims of the deadly suicide bombings.
    Men contemplate the Mediterranean Sea from the Corniche, Beirut, October 6, 2012. During the first two years of the Syrian civil war, Lebanon had mostly remained untouched by the conflict raging in its neighbor country. However, a wave of car bombs changed that scenario.

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