Renewed Syria-linked clashes kill 2 in Lebanon's Tripoli

March 21, 2014 - 11:30:00 am

TRIPOLI: Two people were killed overnight in renewed clashes in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli tied to the conflict in neighbouring Syria, a security source told AFP on Friday.

The deaths come a week after the latest round of clashes in the town began, pitting gunmen in the Sunni district of Bab el-Tebbaneh against fighters in the Alawite Jabal Mohsen neighbourhood.

The source said one person was killed in Bab el-Tebbaneh and a second in Jabal Mohsen overnight, as gunmen fired from both sides.

Tensions between the two districts go back decades, but have been exacerbated by the conflict in Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad, an Alawite, is battling a Sunni-led uprising.

The latest clashes in Tripoli began last Thursday, and the most recent deaths bring the toll in just over a week to 16, the security source said.

Lebanon's army has deployed in the city in a bid to calm the tensions, but has also come under fire.

Overnight, an explosive device detonated as the army patrolled in the city, injuring one soldier, the security source said. (AFP)