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Lebanese café attacked for not closing during Ramadan

Four wounded by grenade

Nisrine Hatoum for Al Arabiya News
Lebanon

July 4, 2014

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A coffee shop open for customers at day-time hours during the fasting month of Ramadan was attacked by unknown gunmen with a grenade, wounding four people and causing material damages to the café, in the Lebanese city of Tripoli.

Two unidentified men on a motorcycle threw the bomb at Makiya café whose owner insists on opening his shop for customers who do not observe Ramadan fasting.

Observant Muslims fast from dawn to dusk during Ramadan.

One of the city’s residents, who refused to be named, said that Makiya is one of the cafés in the northern city which opens its doors to non-fasting customers who have chronic diseases, such as diabetes, pressure, kidney and ulcers, pointing out that they are regular customers.

He said that this incident reminds him of the time when Tripoli was controlled by the Islamic Unification Movement in the eighties of the last century.

The attack comes after a statement issued by the Municipality of Tripoli urging residents to respect the Muslim holy month by not eating in public places.

 

 

Full story: Coffee shop attacked in Lebanon for not closing during Ramadan

Source: Al Arabiya

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