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Violence in north Lebanon wounds 3

File- Lebanese soldiers patrol the northern city of Tripoli, Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)

TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Fighting between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad wounded three people Friday morning in Tripoli, north Lebanon, a security source said.

A rocket propelled grenade exploded around 8:30 a.m. in the air over Talaat Omari, a street between the rival neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh, the source said.

The blast was followed by an exchange of machine gunfire between pro- and anti-Assad fighters, the source told The Daily Star.

One man was wounded in the 10-minute clash that ended after the Lebanese Army intervened.

Tension was high in Tripoli following the clash and later encounters between groups of men for and against the Syrian uprising wounded two more people.

The source said Ali Assi, from Jabal Mohsen, was beaten up and shot twice in the leg by one gunman at Abu Ali roundabout near Al-Taqwa Mosque that was the target of a massive car bombing last Friday.

Youssef Khaddour, also from Jabal Mohsen, was taken to hospital suffering multiple fracture wounds after he was beaten in a dispute in the Tripoli neighborhood of Zahriyeh, added the source.

Pro-uprising Bab al-Tabbaneh and pro-Assad Jabal Mohsen are two heavily armed neighborhoods that have been at odds for decades.

Tensions between the areas have been particularly high because of the Syrian uprising.

Twin car bombings on Aug. 23 targeting two mosques in Tripoli killed at least 47 people and wounded more than 500.





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