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2 civilians and a soldier killed in Lebanon clashes

05-14-2012 09:50 BJT

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Sectarian violence linked to the unrest in neighboring Syria is shaking the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. One soldier and two civilians have been reported killed in street clashes.

Residents say gunfire broke out in the city on Saturday between Sunni Muslims opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad and Assad-backers from his Alawite (ala-weet) sect. The Lebanese army sent reinforcements to the city, but gunmen continued to patrol the streets intermittently shooting at each other.

The fourteen month-old conflict in Syria has exacerbated sectarian and political tensions in Lebanon, and many fear Syria's chaos will eventually bleed across the border. Lebanon is sharply split along sectarian lines, with 18 religious sects.

A Sunni gunman fires during a clashes, in the northern port city of Tripoli,
Lebanon, Sunday May 13, 2012.

Sunni gunmen fire during clashes, in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon,
Sunday May 13, 2012.

A Sunni gunman, runs and holds his gun as he moves his position during clashes,
in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Sunday May 13, 2012.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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