Clan war between Syrians and Lebanese in Essen, Germany

Recently the clashes of criminal Arab clans in Berlin escalated. Now a wave of violence seems to be about to break out in Essen (North Rhine-Westphalia).

The newspaper “Der Westen” reports disturbing pictures. Two men of Lebanese origin are said to have been attacked by around 30 Syrians. However, the police, who arrived shortly afterwards, did not find any of them. A short time later – as can be seen on a video – numerous men march across Essen and are searching for the attackers. They can also be heard insulting Syrians in Arabic.This is nothing new for the police. North Rhine-Westphalia has had a problem with criminal Turkish-Arab clans for years. Investigators assume that a total of 111 criminal clans are active in the federal state. The major cities in the Ruhr area are particularly affected, with Essen showing an increase in suspects and crimes. It is said that 3,779 suspects belonging to the clans alone are responsible for 6,104 criminal offences. It now appears that the police have been anticipating possible escalations in the clan milieu for some time.On the one hand, this is about allocation battles and the occupation of new territories, as the Head Criminal Investigation Director Thomas Jungbluth explains:”There are fights in the social milieu, where we assume that these are the first steps towards allocation battles. He also gives examples of this: “One must not forget that the clans are not friendly with each other. … Another example from another city: Here the police very successfully arrested a part of a clan that was dealing in narcotics. Another clan noticed: ‘They are gone, we can take over here’. The clan tried to take over the business.”However, conflicts based on the ethnic background should not be neglected either. After all, many clan members have a migrant background – many have Turkish (15 percent) or Lebanese (31 percent) citizenship, 36 percent have German citizenship and five percent are stateless. This is how economist and Islamic scholar Ahmad A. Omeirate (36) from Berlin explains the situation for ” Der Westen”: “There is a historical antipathy between certain Syrian and Lebanese groups, which has existed in Lebanon since the civil war in 1975” and also warns against further escalation.Just recently, the rivalry between Chechens and the Remmo clan in Berlin revealed just how strong the clans have become in Germany. Within only 24 hours, there were three attacks. The Berlin police already feared a full-scale clan war on the streets of the German capital. However, both sides finally agreed on an internal peace talk to settle their conflicts for the time being. The police and the constitutional state can only remain passive onlookers…

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