TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Clashes broke out Monday evening between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the northern city of Tripoli, sources told The Daily Star.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said fighting erupted after residents of the neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen, supportive of Assad, fired shots in the air when the latter appeared in a TV interview.
Shortly afterward, inhabitants of the rival neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh returned the fire and targeted Jabal Mohsen.
The exchange escalated into a clash involving rocket-propelled grenades and left eight people wounded. Army units present in the area responded heavily to sources of gunfire.