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Lebanon army intervenes in Tripoli as sectarian violence escalates

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Lebanon army intervenes in Tripoli as sectarian violence escalates

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The Lebanese army has intervened in the northern city of Tripoli, where violence has erupted between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Two people were killed in clashes on Monday.

The fighting broke out a week ago in the Alawite district of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh, a largely-Sunni neighbourhood – after an interview with Assad was broadcast on television.

Since then, at least 17 people have been killed and more than 100 wounded.

The Lebanese are deeply divided over the war in neighbouring Syria. The Shi’ite group Hezbollah and its allies support Assad’s regime, while the Sunni-led opposition bloc backs the revolt.