TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Renewed fighting between supporters and opponents of President Bashar Assad killed one boy and wounded 11 other people Tuesday in the northern city of Tripoli.
The intermittent clashes broke the calm that prevailed in the area as part of the government’s security plan to preserve peace in the volatile city.
The boy was identified as 13-year-old Daniel Ahmad who died of wounds he sustained in the clashes, a security source told The Daily Star.
The wounded were transferred to nearby hospitals in the city and included four soldiers, the source added.
Clashes broke out Monday evening between supporters and opponents of Assad after residents of the neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen, supportive of the Syrian leader, fired shots in the air when the Assad appeared in a TV interview.
Shortly afterward, residents of the rival neighborhood Bab al-Tabbaneh returned the fire and targeted Jabal Mohsen.
On Tuesday, the two rivals exchanged mortar shells as well as rocket-propelled grenades amid sporadic sniper fire and residents expected the direct fighting to erupt at any moment.
The tensions forced several branches of the Lebanese University to close Tuesday as well as several public and private schools in the areas of Baddawi, Bab al-Tabbaneh, Qibbeh and Zaheriyah.
Backed by armored vehicles, the Lebanese Army was seen patrolling the city and several other neighborhoods.
The two neighborhoods have a history of violent clashes, since the uprising against Assad began in 2011.
In order to restore calm in the city following two car bombs two months ago, the caretaker government drafted a security plan for Tripoli, but security forces have only implemented its first phase.