A Lebanese soldier stands next to the car of assassinated Arab Democatic Party official Abdel-Rahman Diad in Tripoli, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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The Lebanese Army restored a fragile peace to Tripoli Thursday evening after two people were killed in daylong clashes sparked by the assassination of a pro-Syrian regime party official, prompting threats of further violence.Earlier, the Arab Democratic Party issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Lebanese authorities following the assassination of party official Abdel-Rahman Diab while he was driving just outside Tripoli early Thursday.Eid identified three residents of Tripoli, Khaled Rai, Omar Ahmad and Khaled Qawas, as Diab's killers.Diab was the father of Youssef Diab, one of the suspects in the twin car bombs that hit Tripoli in August.Eid has consistently refused to show up for questioning, further raising tensions in Tripoli over the perceived lack of action taken to prosecute those responsible for the mosque attacks.Troops also closed the highway linking Tripoli to Akkar due to sniper activity.
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