Eight injured in Tripoli clashes

Lebanese army soldiers patrol Syria street in Tripoli on 27 May 2013. (Photo: AFP - Joseph Eid)

Published Monday, May 27, 2013

Fighting resumed in Lebanon’s northern port city of Tripoli for a ninth consecutive day Monday after a sniper shot a woman from the Jabal Mohsen neighborhood, state news reported.

The National News Agency said that at least eight people suffered injuries Monday afternoon following a relatively calm morning.

Clashes between the neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh have killed about 30 people over the past week.

At least two hand grenades exploded along Syria street which separates the two communities.

Lebanon’s army reportedly opened fire at the source of the sniping. The army has tried several times to intervene in a futile attempt to restore calm to the neighborhoods since the fighting erupted on May 19.

But it was forced to pull out each time after snipers killed and wounded a number of soldiers.

Conflict between Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh dates back centuries, but intense periods of fighting have battered the neighborhoods since the Syrian civil war broke out over two years ago.

The fighting in Tripoli is closely linked to the war in Syria, with residents of Jabal Mohsen backing the government of Bashar al-Assad, while Bab al-Tabbaneh largely supports the rebels.

(Al-Akhbar, NNA)

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