Lebanon News

Killing triggers clashes in n. Lebanon

TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Armed clashes erupted in the northern city of Tripoli between rival neighborhoods Thursday, killing a 10-year-old girl and wounding 13 other people.

Fatima Ayyash, 10, was killed and 13 people were wounded by sniper fire including three soldiers, security sources told The Daily Star.

A taxi driver was also wounded as he made his way to the Dabagha market.

The fighting erupted soon after gunmen shot and killed a man from Jabal Mohsen. Walid Barhoum died after he was shot three times in the chest and leg by unidentified gunmen on motorcycles near Makhoul Hospital. The attack occurred around 11:30 a.m.

Barhoum, a father of two, was a Sunni resident of Jabal Mohsen and worked as a tiler.

News of his death triggered armed clashes between fighters from the Alawite neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen and the Sunni Bab al-Tabbaneh, who have been engaged in 19 rounds of fighting since the uprising in Syria began in March of 2011.

Jabal Mohsen, home of the Arab Democratic Party, is known for its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, while Bab al-Tabbaneh largely sympathizes with the opposition and some young men from the neighborhood have even joined the fighting over the border.

The Lebanese Army responded to the sources of fire and is in contact with both sides to calm the situation and prevent further escalation.

The military also carried out several raids in the northern city, Lebanon's second largest, to apprehend gunmen and snipers.

Meanwhile, a rocket-propelled grenade exploded near the Officers Club in Al-Qibbeh area, wounding Talal al-Tawish.

Soon after the shooting incident, schools were shut down and students were sent home.





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