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Tripoli (pop. 500,000), city located in northwestern Lebanon, second largest in the country. A manufacturing center and seaport, its industries include petroleum refining, sponge fishing, textiles and the growing of citrus fruits. The name Tripoli comes from the Arabic Tarabulus (“Three Cities”) because the city was founded in the 300s B.C. by explorers from 3 different Phoenician cities.

See also: Lebanon.

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