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Death toll from Tripoli clashes rises to four

File photo of a gunman carrying his weapon during clashes in Tripoli's neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh. (The Daily Star/Stringer)

TRIPOLI: Sporadic sniper fire Friday punctured a tense calm in the northern city of Tripoli after the fatal shooting of a Jabal Mohsen resident the day before triggered gunbattles that left four people dead and 41 wounded.

Among the fatalities was a 10-year-old girl who was killed by sniper fire the day before.

The other deaths included a Lebanese woman identified as Asma Harrouq, Syrian national Tareq Abous and Kanaan Mohammad Bakri who died of their injuries Friday.

Security sources told The Daily Star four Lebanese Army soldiers were also among the wounded in the second-day of clashes between rival neighborhoods.

The military warned motorists to stay off the international highway linking Tripoli with Akkar because the road was being targeted by sniper fire.

Schools closed in affected areas of Tripoli Friday and classes were cancelled at the Lebanese University in Qibbeh.

The Jabal Mohsen-based Arab Democratic Party said early in the afternoon that they had reached a cease-fire with their rivals in Bab al-Tabbaneh.

ADP spokesman Abdel-Latif Saleh said the party informed the Lebanese Army of the agreement.

“We will discuss with the military ways to guarantee that Jabal Mohsen residents will not be targeted [by gunmen] on their way to work in Tripoli,” Saleh said in a statement.

Thursday's clashes, which intensified after sundown, were triggered by the killing of Walid Barhoum, who hails fom the mainly Alawite neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen.

Barhoum was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on motorcycles shortly before midday Thursday.

Fighting quickly ensued between supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad entrenched in Jabal Mohsen and rival gunmen in the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh.

The warring neighborhoods have often engaged in fighting linked to the three-year-old crisis in next-door Syria.

 

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Summary

Sporadic sniper fire Friday punctured a tense calm in the northern city of Tripoli after the fatal shooting of a Jabal Mohsen resident the day before triggered gunbattles that left four people dead and 41 wounded.

Thursday's clashes, which intensified after sundown, were triggered by the killing of Walid Barhoum, who hails fom the mainly Alawite neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen.

Fighting quickly ensued between supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad entrenched in Jabal Mohsen and rival gunmen in the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh.


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