TRIPOLI, Lebanon: A Lebanese soldier died Thursday of critical wounds he sustained the day before in an attack on the military in Tripoli, raising the death toll from the six-day violence in the northern city to nine.
Meanwhile, calm prevailed in Lebanon's second-largest city after six days of clashes between opponents and supporters of President Bashar Assad, but parents opted not to send their children to school, fearing for their safety.
The Lebanese Army confirmed the death of Corporal Fadi Al-Jamous, a day after he was wounded by shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade on an Armored Personnel Carrier in the Tripoli neighborhood of Mallouleh.
The Lebanese Army said in a statement Wednesday that three soldiers, including Jamous, were wounded in the 6:40 a.m. rocket attack. It said Hussein Saadeddine died later in the day from wounds sustained in the assault.
Seven people were killed in the clashes, mostly by sniper fire.
The statement said the Army was the target of three attacks Wednesday. Jamous’ death upped the casualty toll from those assaults to two fatalities and six wounded.
Four other soldiers were wounded when their patrol was attacked by a rocket fire, the Army said, adding that all three attacks were launched from the mainly Sunni neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh.
Sunni militants in Bab al-Tabbaneh accuse the Army of working against them alongside Hezbollah, which supports rivals in the predominantly Alawite Tripoli neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen.
They also accuse the Army of failing to apprehend Alawite figures suspected of involvement in last year's twin bombing outside separate mosques that killed 47 people.
Local sheikhs and political figures held a series of meetings Wednesday in an effort to contain clashes between rival neighborhoods in Tripoli.