4 dead in Lebanon's Tripoli in violence stoked by Syria war

By REUTERS
June 3, 2013 13:13

 
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TRIPOLI, Lebanon - Four people died in clashes in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli on Monday, security sources said, in more violence stoked by civil war in neighboring Syria.

The overnight clashes in Tripoli ended a week of relative calm after 29 people were killed last month in the deadliest fighting yet between gunmen who support the uprising against Bashar Assad and Alawite supporters of the Syrian president.

At least one of the dead came from the Sunni Muslim Bab Tebbaneh neighborhood, and 27 people were wounded, mainly by sniper fire in the city center, the sources in Tripoli said.

Lebanon is struggling to curb the spillover of violence from Syria, where 80,000 people have died in the last two years.

Twelve people were killed on Sunday just inside Lebanon in a fight between pro-Assad Hezbollah guerrillas and Syrian rebels.

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