TRIPOLI, Lebanon - Three people were killed when fighting erupted overnight in the Lebanese city of Tripoli between members of the Alawite minority loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and members of the Sunni majority, witnesses and security officials said on Sunday.
Rocket-propelled grenades and automatic rifles were used in the fighting in an Alawite enclave and surrounding Sunni neighborhoods in the port city, 70 km (44 miles) north of Beirut.
"The clashes peaked at dawn. The sound of gunfire is still echoing in the city," a Lebanese security official said.
The official Lebanese state news agency said a soldier hit by sniper fire was among those killed.
A statement from the army said reinforcements were being sent to the city and that troops were "pursuing armed men to return the situation to normality."