Enraged residents in the Lebanese northern capital Tripoli blocked Al-Nour Square with burning tires on Saturday, condemning an attack on the Ibrahim bin Adham Mosque in Byblos (Jbeil) the previous day, the state-run National News Agency reported.
“A brutal attack,” said Jbeil mufti Sheikh Ghassan Lakkis, denouncing the incident, according to local media reports.
Reports said that a group had entered the mosque’s premises on Friday and beat up and insulted the Muazzin, the cleric who summons to prayer.
Lakkis urged security forces to “protect our mosques from any attack,” calling for the arrest of the attackers “so that they are an example to others.”
Tripoli is the second largest city in Lebanon, with approximately 700,000 residents who mostly identify with the Sunni sect.
Only last month, buses full of Tripoli residents had participated in Beirut protests, which turned violent, against the use of cartoons in France that many consider insulting to the Prophet Mohammad.