Bab al-Tebbaneh -

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After defeating the fighters in the neighbourhood of Bab al-Tebbaneh, Syrian intelligence and Syrian Special Forces encircled the district and allowed militiamen from the Tripolitan Resistance (headed by Tareq and Ahmad Fakhr al Din) and of the Arab Democratic Party's military branch (headed by Ali Eid's older brother Mohsen Eid) to enter Bab al-Tebbaneh. Under the supervision of Syrian intelligence head in North Lebanon Mohammed Shaar these militiamen called on the names of hundreds of residents of the neighbourhood, forcing them out of their homes at night, separating the men from the women children and older people before sending the former in trucks to a Syrian prison and gunning down hundreds of the latter. The number of deaths in this massacre is contested. The Syrian army recognizes that 200 people were killed (it called them "Islamists"). But the Union of Muslim Lebanese Students in France talks about 400 people having been killed and hundreds more having been hastily buried in mass graves. Interviews with sources in the neighbourhood of Bab al-Tebbaneh (including doctors from the Lebanese Red Cross) for their part mention the murder of 500-700 inhabitants. Residents of the district for their part talk about well over 1,000 deaths.