File - A gunman aims his weapon during clashes in Tripoli's neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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A 10-year-old girl and at least one other person were killed in Tripoli Thursday, after fighting erupted between supporters and opponents of the Syrian government in a further sign that the political impasse has negatively impacted security in Lebanon's second-largest city.The violence also left 18 people wounded, two of whom were soldiers in the army.Another security source voiced fears that the situation could escalate Friday, when the bodies of 60 Bab al-Tabbaneh residents who died fighting in Syria are due to be returned to Tripoli.A source from the Jabal Mohsen-based Arab Democratic Party, a staunch ally of Assad, said the battle was long overdue.Tensions were further heightened in the city after two car bomb attacks hit two mosques in Tripoli last August, killing over 40 people.
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