Civilians walk past Lebanese security forces deployed in a street of the northern port city of Tripoli on January 19, 2014 as part of heightened security measures. (AFP PHOTO IBRAHIM CHALHOUB)
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A woman was killed and at least 15 people, including three soldiers, were wounded in sniper fire in Tripoli Sunday amid growing fears of a renewal of hostilities in the northern city, security and hospital sources said.Life in Tripoli is marred during the day by an exchange of sniper fire between gunmen in Bab al-Tabbaneh, whose residents support the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad, and their rivals in pro-Assad Jabal Mohsen.The Lebanese Army, deployed in the city last year as part of a security plan to stop fighting between the two sides, responded to the sources of fire in an attempt to prevent the situation from spinning out of control, a security source said.It added that the Army reopened the highway linking Tripoli with the northern Akkar region and the Syrian border after it was blocked by a number of people protesting the Army's arrest of three youths in the Beddawi area.
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