TRIPOLI - Clashes erupted between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad in neighboring Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli on Saturday, killing eight people and wounding 40, residents and a doctor said.
A Reuters journalist said the two sides fired machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades at each other and that the army moved into the area with armored vehicles in an attempt to quell the violence but did not open fire.
Gunmen from the Jabal Mohsen district, home to the minority Alawite sect - the same offshoot of Shi'ite Islam to which Assad belongs - have fought on-off skirmishes over the past few weeks with the Sunni Muslim residents of the Bab al-Tabbaneh area.
Saturday's death toll is the highest in a single day in Tripoli, raising fears that Syria's unrest could spill over into its smaller neighbor.
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