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Among Arabic-speaking tribes, especially Bedouin, the male head of the family, as well as of each successively larger social unit making up the tribal structure. The sheikh is generally assisted by an informal tribal council of male elders. Ahmad Assir mustered Friday in Sidon's West Boulevard and readied to head to Beirut, protesting the move by the southern city's merchants who met yesterday in outrage at continuous road closures.
Representatives from Sidon's municipality, Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, Merchants Association Federation of Trade Unions and Employees as well as civil society groups upped calls yesterday to reopen roads and even waved escalatory measures including the declaration of an open-ended strike.
Sidon's northern entrance has been blocked since late June, when the controversial Imam of Bilal Bin Rabah mosque mosque (mŏsk), building for worship used by members of the Islamic faith. Muhammad's house in Medina (A.D. 622), with its surrounding courtyard and hall with columns, became the prototype for the mosque where the faithful gathered for prayer. took to the streets and staged a sit-in in protest against Hezbollah's weapons.
Today's demo, led by Sheikh Assir, is taking place amid strict measures by the Lebanese military and Internal Security Forces.
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