Lebanon News

Calm returns to Tripoli after one killed, four wounded

Lebanese Army troops patrol the streets in Tripoli, Lebanon, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Calm returned to the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli Sunday after limited overnight clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad left one man dead and four people wounded.

Ali Abdel-Qader Swaid, who was wounded from sniper fire between Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen at dawn, died from his wounds noon Sunday.

The other casualties, all wounded by sniper fire exchanged between the rival neighborhoods, were identified as Layla Ramadan, Taleb Deeb, Mariana al-Sheikh and Mohammad Zafer.

The four were transferred to local hospitals for treatment.

As well as sniping, hand grenades and rocket-propelled grenades were also fired from the two sides in the weekend clashes, which prompted Lebanese Army measures including responding to the sources of fire and establishing military checkpoints on roads leading to the restive neighborhoods.

The fighting subsided at around 3 a.m. but intermittent gunfire could be heard in the two neighborhoods and their surrounding areas until dawn.

The northern city of Lebanon has seen frequent and sometimes deadly clashes between fighters in Bab al-Tabbaneh, a predominantly Sunni neighborhood that supports the uprising in Syria, and Jabal Mohsen, a mainly Alawite neighborhood that backs Assad.





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