Clashes echoing Syria conflict wound 22 in Lebanon

By REUTERS
August 21, 2012 11:40

TRIPOLI, Lebanon - At least 22 people were wounded in overnight clashes between Sunni Muslims and Alawites in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli in another spillover from the war in neighboring Syria, security and medical sources said on Tuesday.

Gunmen in the Sunni district of Bab al-Tabbaneh and their Alawite rivals in Jebel Mohsen exchanged gun and grenade fire in sporadic fighting through the night, despite the presence of Lebanese army troops in the port city, residents said.

An army statement said soldiers raided buildings used by gunmen and "retaliated swiftly against sources of gunfire." It said five soldiers were wounded on Monday evening and another five, including an officer, were hurt on Tuesday by a hand grenade lobbed at an army base.

Medical and security sources said at least 12 civilians or gunmen had been wounded. Some put the figure as high as 25.


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