Sectarian fighting has raged for a second day in northern Lebanon, further denting hopes of peace following a Qatari-brokered deal aimed at ending the country’s political crisis.
Security sources say at least nine people have been killed and 50 wounded in the clashes in Tripoli, Lebanon’s second city.
The fighting broke out at dawn on Sunday and continued despite a ceasefire agreement between Sunni supporters of the government and Alawite gunmen close to the Hezbollah-led opposition.
Tripoli is dominated by Lebanon’s anti-Syrian, Sunni-led majority coalition while the majority of Alawites have close ties to Syria.
Scores of families have fled and sought safe havens in other parts of the city and surrounding villages. The two sides have exchanged machine gun fire, grenades and mortar bombs during the violence. The Lebanese Army is in contact with both parties to push for the ceasefire to be respected.