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January 5, 2014 4:28 pm

Lebanese Christians Protest Burning of Library by Islamic Extremists

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The scene of a terrorist blast in Tripoli, Lebanon. Photo: Screenshot.

JNS.orgHundreds of Lebanese Christians took to the streets in Tripoli to protest the torching of a decades-old library owned by a Greek Orthodox priest.

The demonstrators held up banners reading, “Tripoli, peaceful town” and “this is contrary to the values of the Prophet [Mohammed],” Ya Libnan reported.

On Friday night, assailants torched the person library of Greek Orthodox Priest Ibrahim Surouj, destroying two-thirds of the 80,000 books and manuscripts.

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The attack came after “a pamphlet was allegedly discovered inside one of the books that insulted Islam and the Prophet Mohammed,” a Lebanese security official told AFP. But it later became clear that no pamphlet existed.

The incident comes amid growing radicalism in Lebanon related to the nearby Syrian Civil War.

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