A violent explosion has severely damaged an apartment block in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. The medical and security services say the bomb killed at least two people and injured 17.
The blast shook the Bab al-Tebbaneh district in the early hours of this morning. It is part of the heartland of the city’s anti-Syrian Sunni muslim majority. Residents spilled onto the pavements outside in their pyjamas after the explosion.
Violence between the majority and the city’s pro-Syrian Alawite sect killed nine and wounded 45 here last weekend.
Triploi has been tense since the national crisis in May during which fighting started in Beirut before spreading here, and since the government used the army to end armed resistance in a Palestinian refugee camp in a month-long seige.