Alawites in Lebanon

In Tripoli, some 60,000 Alawites survive in Jabal Mohsen, a district built on the mountain in the center of the city. It is one of the poorest and most isolated areas in all of Lebanon. Its inhabitants are faithful followers of the Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad and belong to the same sect, the Alawites, a branch of Islam that grew from Shiism. On the walls of the houses, posters of Bashar Al-Assad and his father, Hafez, demonstrate this loyalty to the Syrian regime. In this district, there are no hospitals and hardly any contact with the rest of the city for fear of retaliations. In spite of everything, they are still Lebanese, like their neighbours and enemies, the Sunnis of the Bab el Tebaneh district.