Heavy gunfire in Lebanon's Tripoli, one wounded

February 10, 2012 18:53

BEIRUT - Heavy gunfire broke out in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday as armed supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad took to the streets after a demonstration against the Syrian leader, residents said.

Two rocket propelled grenades were fired and at least one person was wounded by stray gunfire, a security source said.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati told the head of the army to "take necessary measures to halt these events" in the city.

The coastal city is dominated by Sunni Muslims who support the 11-month uprising against Assad in neighboring Syria, but is also home to members of Assad's Alawite minority.

Residents said the rocket-propelled grenades were fired from the Sunni Muslim district Bab al-Tabbaneh towards the Alawite district of Jebel Mohsen, but caused no injuries.

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