Fighting has erupted for a second day in Lebanon’s northern city, Tripoli, with at least eight people dead. Sectarian violence has killed at least 21 people in the past two months, the most recent victims include a woman, a boy and a man who died when a grenade hit a taxi.
Tripoli is predominantly Sunni, but has a sizeable Shi’ite Alawite community with close links to Hezbollah.
Lebanon’s political impasse was largely resolved in May, but Sunni and Shi’ite rivals are now arguing over the direction of the national unity government, and the status of Hezbollah’s militia fighters. The group is supported by Syria and Iran, while Sunnis strongly oppose Damascus and Tehran having any influence in Lebanon.