Clashes Resume in Northern Lebanese City
15:30 24/08/2012 BEIRUT, August 24 (RIA Novosti) - Clashes between Sunnis and Alawites resumed on Friday in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, national media said.
Violent clashes between residents of the Sunni neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh and the Alawite neighborhood of Jabal Moshen began on Monday night. Sporadic fighting and gunfire has been reported since, despite Lebanese troops and armored vehicles guarding the borderline between the two districts.
At least 14 people have been killed in the clashes, and from 120 to 160 were wounded.
A fragile ceasefire brokered by political and religious leaders on Wednesday evening was broken by the killing of Sunni Sheikh Khaled al-Baradei, who was shot by a sniper on Thursday night.
The al-Watania news agency said two mortar shells exploded in the city, killing one person and injuring four.
Tensions between Lebanon’s Sunni Muslims and Alawites have been aggravated by the civil conflict in neighboring Syria, where the predominantly Sunni opposition clashed with supporters of Alawite President Bashar al-Assad.
Lebanon’s north, with Tripoli as its administrative center, remains the main stronghold for Lebanese supporters of the Syrian opposition and a supplier of weapons and fighters for the Syrian opposition.
In a separate development, pro-government Syrian troops have pushed Free Syrian Army fighters out of a Christian-populated village on the border with Lebanon, Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV channel said. At least 60 FSA members were killed in the attack.
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