Two killed during clashes in Lebanon's Tripoli

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Lebanese army soldiers return fire during clashes in Tripoli, northern Lebanon on 4 December 2012. (Photo: Reuters - Omar Ibrahim)

Published Tuesday, December 4, 2012

At least two people were killed and 12 injured Tuesday in ongoing clashes in Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli between neighborhoods divided over the Syrian conflict.

The victims were identified as 65-year-old Mohammed Ibrahim and 26-year-old Abdel Rahman Nassouh, killed by sniper fire during the latest flare up between residents in the working class neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabaneh and Jabal Mohsen.

The violence erupted overnight Monday following a commemoration for Wissam al-Hassan, the intelligence chief assassinated in October whose death became a rallying cry for Lebanon’s anti-Syrian coalition.

Dozens of people have been killed in gun battles, sniper fire and grenade attacks during confrontations between the neighborhoods over the past year.

Lebanon’s army said it their patrols were targeted by sniper fire while attempting to restore calm.



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