At least five people were killed and 43 injured in clashes on Tuesday in Tripoli, the largest city in northern Lebanon regularly subject to sectarian clashes.
The exchange of fire continued late Tuesday afternoon, according to the security services and the army. These armed clashes held intermittently since the beginning of the crisis in Syria 17 months ago, against the inhabitants neighborhood of Bab el-Tebbaneh, mostly Sunni and hostile to the regime of Bashar al-Assad, to those of Jabal Mohsen neighborhood pro-Assad Alawite. Two residents of Jabal Mohsen and Bab el-three Tebbaneh were killed on Tuesday, including a boy of 13 years, according to a security source. At least 33 civilians on both sides were wounded in 24 hours, while a military statement reported ten wounded soldiers, including an officer, by gunfire with targeted positions and military patrols. Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati warned against these “absurd battles.” Revolt in Syria exacerbating tensions in Lebanon, which has seen 30 years of Syrian hegemony and remains deeply divided between opponents and supporters of the Assad regime.