The Lebanese army has moved onto the streets in volatile areas of the country’s second city, Tripoli, after bloody sectarian clashes which killed four people and wounded 75. The troops have brought peace two districts which erupted into violence for 24 hours.
Before the deployment, religious and political leaders in the port city, which is predominantly Sunni muslim, brokered a ceasefire deal. The fighting broke out between Sunni supporters of the government and gunmen close to the opposition, led by the Shi-ite Hezbollah.
In May of this year, the coalition which is backed by the West, and the opposition reached an agreement mediated by Qatar. The deal ended an 18 month political standoff, but delays in forming the national unity government stipulated in the accord have raised fears of a further deterioration in Lebanon’s security situation.
Scores of families fled the latest hotspots, taking refuge in other parts of the city.