Bomb attack on Syrian refugee centre in Lebanon

February 19, 2013 - 1:06:55 am

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 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 on Sunday, the official said. 

“Unidentified men hurled at around 11pm (2100 GMT) a bomb at the headquarters of an Islamic aid centre that assists Syrian refugees in Tripoli’s district of Qubbe,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

“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.