Fifteen dead after violent clashes in Lebanon

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Fifteen dead after violent clashes in Lebanon

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Lebanese troops have been restoring order in the city of Tripoli, after 15 people were killed in clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Residents said relative calm returned after soldiers took to the streets.

During the violence the two sides reportedly fired machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades at each other.

“We’re hoping the situation will improve, but it seems it won’t get any better,” said one resident.

“Everyday, the interior minister says the situation will change, but we are facing the same troubles. The people are dying and nobody cares.”

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

Funerals were held on Sunday for victims of the violence.

International envoy Kofi Annan has warned that Syria is slipping towards all-out civil war and the entire region could suffer.