Bodies of 3 Lebanese gunmen killed in Syria returned

By REUTERS
December 9, 2012 10:53

TRIPOLI, Lebanon - Lebanese authorities received on Sunday the first three bodies from a group of 14 Lebanese gunmen killed in Syria, local clerics said, as fighting triggered by their death continued to shake the northern port town of Tripoli.

A Reuters reporter in the area said fighting overnight killed at least one person, bringing the total to over 14 dead in a week, and more than 120 wounded.

Tensions in northern Lebanon have been high since at least 14 Sunni Muslim Lebanese and Palestinian gunmen from the area were killed by Syrian security forces a week ago in a Syrian border town. The men appeared to have joined the armed insurgency against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Militants from northern Lebanon had long been suspected of entering neighboring Syria, but the killing of the gunmen sparked tensions Tripoli's long simmering tensions.


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