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Lebanon: clashes breach fragile Tripoli ceasefire

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Lebanon: clashes breach fragile Tripoli ceasefire


Despite a fragile truce agreed between political rivals in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli, sporadic clashes have erupted on Thursday leaving at least one person dead.

Fighting reportedly continued throughout Wednesday night as rival gangs divided over the conflict in neighbouring Syria fired automatic weapons and rockets.

Residents said the clashes appeared to die down as the army deployed troops and tanks on the streets.

At least 13 people have died and more than a hundred have been wounded in Tripoli this week in fighting reflecting the sectarian faultlines in Syria.

The injured include at least 10 Lebanese soldiers sent in as the army intervened.

Most has occurred in two poor districts, one with a majority Sunni Muslim population opposed to the Syrian regime, the other Alawite and loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

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