At least six people have been killed and several dozen injured in sectarian clashes on the outskirts of the Lebanese city of Tripoli. Dozens of families fled the scene of the clashes between Sunni Muslim supporters of the government and Alawite gunmen close to the Hezbollah-led government opposition.
Lebanese army units deployed in the area and tried to end the fighting, while local leaders held talks. Both sides have agreed to a ceasefire.
Tripoli is dominated by the country’s anti-Syrian, Sunni-led majority coalition while a majority of Alawites maintain close links to Syria. In a seperate incident, a bomb seriously wounded a senior official of the Islamist Jund al-Sham group at a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon. A second person was wounded in the blast.