At least 28 dead, 250 wounded in Sunni-Alawite clashes in Tripoli (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Last night, four Sunnis and one Alawite died in clashes, the
Daily Star reported. The casualties raised this week’s death toll
Fierce fighting has raged in Tripoli since last Sunday, with
assailants firing rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and machine
guns. The violence is seen as a spillover from the recently
intensified fighting between rebels and government forces in
Qusayr, Syria, near the border with Lebanon.
Most of the clashes in Tripoli were between residents of the Sunni-majority Bab el-Tebbaneh district and the Alawite-majority Jabal Mohsen district. A third party in the conflict is the Lebanese Army, which has so far failed to quell the unrest.
Although the clashes subsided in the morning, the area is still reportedly controlled by snipers.
The week-long conflict brought life to a halt in Tripoli, home to 500,000 residents, with schools and shops closed because of the violence.
This is not the first time Tripoli has witnessed an outbreak of
violence between Sunnis supporting the Syrian rebels and pro-regime
Alawites, the religious branch of Shia Islam to which Syrian
President Bashar Assad belongs. The Lebanese Army deployed in the
city last October to broker a ceasefire.