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Clashes in Lebanon's second city


Lebanon’s second city Tripoli has been shaken by armed clashes this morning that have left at least one person dead and over a dozen wounded.

Explosions and machine gun fire have been heard on the outskirts of the city as fighting broke out between the mostly pro-Syrian Alawite sect and anti-Syrian Sunni Muslims, who are in a majority in the city and are part of the ruling national coalition.

The Lebanese army has reportedly moved in to separate the two factions. It is the first fighting in the city since May, when pro-government forces, angered at Hezbollah’s military and political successes further south, struck at supporters of the Shi’ite movement.

That crisis was ended by an Qatari/Arab League-brokered deal in Doha later that month, but the national unity government it proposed has yet to be formed.

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