Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati talks to the press, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/DalatiNohra,HO)
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Local sheikhs and political figures held a series of meetings Wednesday in an attempt to contain clashes between rival neighborhoods in the northern city of Tripoli as the fighting entered its sixth consecutive day and claimed the life of a soldier. Fighting resumed following a brief lull Wednesday morning between Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen, killing one soldier and wounding others along with civilians, as well as inflicting material damage to buildings in Bab al-Tabbaneh and the vegetable market. The Army said Hussein Saadeddine died Wednesday night from wounds sustained an attack targeting the Army in Bab al-Tabbaneh.Seven other soldiers were wounded in similar attacks, it said.In a statement, the Army said gunmen fired a rocket-propelled grenade toward a military vehicle at 6:40 a.m. in the Tripoli neighborhood of Maaloula, wounding three soldiers. The Army also said that another military vehicle came under fire at 7:35 a.m. in the same neighborhood near the Abu Ali Roundabout, wounding one soldier.In the Bab al-Tabbaneh vegetable market, a group led by Mahmoud Hallaq, also known as Abu Khalil, and Mohammad Mustafa al-Nahili fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a military unit, the Army said, adding that the attack wounded four soldiers.The Army said the source of the attacks for all three incidents was Bab al-Tabbaneh.
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