TRIPOLI, Lebanon: The Lebanese Army continued to deploy in Tripoli Tuesday as part of a plan to maintain stability in the northern city following repeated bouts of fighting between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Troops in 10 armored personnel carriers took up positions early Tuesday along Omari Street near the mainly Alawite, pro-Assad neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen.
Soldiers moved later in the day to Syria Street that separates Jabal Mohsen from Bab al-Tabbaneh, a stronghold that strongly supports Syrian rebels.
No violence was reported during the midday deployment which came after Ziad Allouki, a field commander in Bab al-Tabbaneh, urged his fighters not to harm Lebanese soldiers, stressing that their conflict was with gunmen in Jabal Mohsen.
The Army came under fire Monday as units tried to deploy in Bab al-Tabbaneh to contain the latest round of fighting between the warring neighborhoods that left at least 16 people killed and more than 90 wounded.
A military statement said gunmen opened fire on an Army patrol during the deployment process on Syria Street in Bab al-Tabbaneh, wounding three soldiers.
Soldiers have yet to fan out across the predominantly Sunni Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood, whose residents have long accused the Army of failing to maintain its neutrality in the country’s sectarian rivalries.
The relatively quiet night was shattered by sporadic bursts of sniper fire but no casualties were reported.
The Army had begun deploying troops in Jabal Mohsen on Sunday and on Monday more soldiers were deployed in the pro-Assad neighborhood.