Flags of Hezbollah, Assad's Syria 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ali Hashisho)
At least 16 people were killed and 80 were wounded on Sunday as fighting
continued, for the seventh day, between supporters and opponents of Syrian
President Bashar Assad in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.
Lebanese army reinforced its presence in the city, setting up checkpoints. The
streets were empty and shops remained closed, the Beirut-based Daily Star
Most of the violence took place between Sunnis and
Meanwhile, in Syria, the Sunni-dominated rebels claimed they
killed at least 15 Hezbollah fighters on Saturday in the Ghouta district, on the
outskirts of Damascus, Al-Arabiya TV reported. Six wounded Hezbollah fighters
were reportedly taken to Lebanon for treatment.
A video posted on the
Internet showed dead soldiers with Hezbollah patches on their
The war in Syria continues to spill over into Lebanon. The
Lebanese government has been unable to form a government since April.
Syrian war has caused 2 million people to flee into neighboring countries and
exacerbated regional sectarian divides.
The spillover from the
fragmentation of the Syrian state is causing “Lebanon’s deepest crisis since the
end of the 15-year civil war that ran from the mid-1970s to the late 1980s,”
Hussein Ibish wrote in The National newspaper based in the UAE.
irony is that Syria’s transition into a Lebanese-like reality may destroy the
ability of Lebanon to maintain its own uneasy equilibrium,” he said.
Syria, 40 people died when a car bomb exploded outside a mosque in Wadi Barada
in Damascus province on Friday, said the anti-Assad Observatory, which verifies
reports through a network of sources around Syria.
State news agency SANA
said many terrorists – a term it uses for those fighting Assad – were killed in
the explosion and quoted a witness who said the mosque’s two entrances collapsed
when the bomber struck before the end of Friday prayers.
reported on Friday that Abu Muhammad al-Golani, leader of Jabhat al-Nusra, a
rebel group that has claimed responsibility for several suicide bombings, had
Fighters from the Islamist group told Reuters Golani was