A bomb in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli that exploded early on Saturday morning has killed one person and injured at least 27 others. Residents of the apartment block spilled onto the streets dressed in their pyjamas after the blast, which severely damaged the building, reportedly the property of one of Lebanon’s elite family dynasties.
The explosion was in the Bad Tibbaneh area of the city, dominated by the pro-government Sunni Muslim majority.
The army swiftly moved in, wary of last weekend’s violence between the Sunnis and Tripoli’s rival pro-Syrian Alawite sect, which left nine people dead. Since last year, when the army fought a month-long siege in the city to remove militants from a Palestinian refugee camp, tensions in Tripoli have been high.
Lebanon’s second city also saw heavy fighting in May, when a national crisis that began in Beirut spread north. Many feared a return to civil war that was only averted by a Qatar-brokered deal that supposedly ended an 18-month political conflict. It proposed a national unity government, but there is no agreement on that yet.