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Deadly clashes in northern Lebanon

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Deadly clashes in northern Lebanon

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Sectarian clashes have shaken Lebanon’s second largest city, Tripoli. At least three people have been killed and 30 more injured.

Sunni Muslim supporters of the government have been battling Alawite gunmen close to the Hezbollah-led opposition. Vehicles, shops and homes were damaged.

Tripoli is dominated by the country’s anti-Syrian Sunni-led majority coalition while many Alawites maintain close ties to Syria.

Lebanese army units deployed to try to end the clashes which tapered off after both sides agreed to a ceasefire, according to security sources.

The country’s long-running political crisis was ended by a power-sharing deal last month. But delays in forming a national unity government have raised fears of further violence.