Lebanese army redeploys in Tripoli after day of violence

Follows sectarian clashes in the northern city that killed five and wounded nearly 60.

Lebanon army 224.88 (photo credit: AP)
Lebanon army 224.88
(photo credit: AP)
Lebanese soldiers fanned out in the northern city of Tripoli on Thursday, a day after sectarian clashes killed five people and wounded nearly 60, security officials said. Gunmen withdrew and army reinforcements took up positions between rival neighborhoods of Sunni Muslim government supporters and Alawite followers of the Hizbullah-led opposition. TV footage showed bullet holes in apartment buildings, shops shuttered and twisted metal and debris littering streets and alleys. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to media. The death toll from Wednesday's fighting rose overnight when one man died, bringing the total dead to five, with 58 wounded.