Army units have deployed in Lebanon’s northern port of Tripoli after sectarian strife in Syria once again spilled over the border.
Alawite supporters of President Assad and Sunni Muslims have clashed repeatedly in the city in recent months, with existing tensions stoked by the Syrian uprising. Several people have been killed.
In fresh fighting overnight on Friday, at least 12 people were reported injured
President Assad is from the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam. The revolt against him has been led by Syria’s majority Sunni Muslims.
A small Alawite minority lives in Tripoli, a Sunni city where many are enraged by the Syrian regime’s crackdown.