A photo of a deserted street in Bab al-Tabbaneh. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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A resident of the impoverished and mainly Sunni neighborhood of Tripoli's Bab al-Tabbaneh, he worries the area will degenerate again if the government doesn't address his people's grievances.The spillover of the Syrian crisis had exacerbated sectarian tensions, leading to repeated clashes between the residents of Bab al-Tabbaneh and the nearby, mostly Alawite quarter of Jabal Mohsen.In Tripoli, 87 and 69 percent of residents in Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen, respectively, live in poverty, according to a study released by the United Nations Development Program last year.The disparity, however, doesn't surprise people like Alaa Jundi, a 24-year-old man from Bab al-Tabbaneh who insists that the government forgot about the people in his neighborhood a long time ago.Though feuds are being mended, the people of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen are still struggling to reconcile after decades of anguish.In Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen, the security plan has merely halted a conflict until grievances boil over.
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