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Syria conflict leads to more violence in Lebanon

Syria conflict leads to more violence in Lebanon
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Soldiers are on the streets of the Lebanese city of Tripoli, after six days of fierce clashes as the violence in Syria spills into the neighbouring country.

Unrest has been sparked by the deaths in Syria of 14 Lebanese and Palestinian gunmen who had joined the fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Although the fighters died in a border town, the incident has brought out into the open simmering sectarian tension in the northern Lebanese city.

Shi’ite residents of Tripoli are supportive of Assad, who belongs to a closely-linked Alawite sect. Meanwhile, Sunnis in the city are broadly supportive of the uprising.

Initial demonstrations last week were sparked by families demanding the return of their relatives’ remains. The fighters’ bodies are gradually being repatriated to Lebanon.

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