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At least 14 dead after clashes in Lebanese city

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At least 14 dead after clashes in Lebanese city

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Clashes in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, between supporters and opponents of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, have left at least 14 dead and dozens more injured.

The two sides reportedly fired machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades at each other.

Saturday’s death toll is the highest in a single day in Tripoli, raising fears that Syria’s unrest will spill over the border.

Lebanese Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, travelled to the city and held talks with community leaders on both sides.

The bloodshed also prompted a peace rally, with candles lit for the victims.

International envoy Kofi Annan has warned that Syria is slipping towards all-out civil war and the entire region could suffer if the international community does not step up pressure on Assad.

____ Troops are out in force in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli after clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad left twelve dead and dozens injured.

14 Lebanese Prime Minister, Najib Mikati rushed to the city and held talks with community leaders on both sides as the sound of gunfire continued to fill the air.

24 The bloodshed also prompted a peace rally with candles lit for the victims.

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“We call the national authorities, the army, the internal security forces and the government and everyone involved in the security of this city, to ensure our security and safety.”

41 The message from the rally is simple – they want a gun-free Tripoli and they don’t want Syria’s problems spilling over the border.