Two killed, including child, in North Lebanon clashes

Published Thursday, March 13, 2014

At least two people were killed, including a young girl, and 10 people injured when clashes erupted between rival neighborhoods in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, a site of frequent battles related to the war in Syria, state news reported.

Lebanon's National News Agency said 10-year-old Fatima al-Ashi was shot dead by a sniper during clashes between the neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen.

The fighting erupted after gunmen on scooters opened fire on Walid Barhoum, a Sunni man married to an Alawi woman from Jabal Mohsen.

Clashes intensified as news spread that Barhoum succumbed to his wounds at a hospital in the evening.

Hundreds have been killed in a series of brutal clashes between the neighborhoods over the past two years, often triggered by events in Syria, or Syria-related events in Lebanon.

Residents of Jabal Mohsen, who mostly belong to the minority Alawi sect, have been increasingly targeted by gunmen in the city because of their perceived support for the Syrian government.

The residents of Bab al-Tabbaneh overwhelmingly back the Syrian rebels in the nearly three-year-old war next door.

(Al-Akhbar)

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