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Two dead after Alawite-Sunni clashes in Lebanon

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Two dead after Alawite-Sunni clashes in Lebanon

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Two people have been killed in fighting in the Lebanese city of Tripoli.

The clashes between members of the Alawite minority loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and the majority Sunni residents happened on Sunday.

The small Alawite minority in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, follows the same offshoot of Shiite Islam as the Assad dynasty that controls Syria.

For the most part, it has remained loyal to the embattled regime in Damascus during the 16 month uprising there.

Because of their historic ties with the Syrian regime, Lebanon’s 100,000-strong Alawite community could have repercussions at home.