Smoke rises after gunmen from Jabal Mohsen fired a rocket-propelled grenade during clashes with fighters from Bab al-Tabbaneh in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on March 14, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/IBRAHIM CHALHOUB)
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Armed clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad raged in Tripoli for a second day Friday, bringing the death toll to five, with no signs that a truce would be reached anytime soon.Sniper fire rendered inaccessible the road linking Tripoli to Akkar, prompting the Lebanese Army to block the route. Troops patrolledthe volatile neighborhoods and responded to sources of fire. The statement said that a fifth soldier was wounded when gunfire targeted army barracks in the Qibbeh neighborhood of the city.A statement by Tripoli MPs, issued after they met at the house of MP Mohammad Kabbara, said that the recent round of violence was an attempt to pressure the Lebanese to accept the resistance clause in the Cabinet's policy statement, effectively legitimizing Hezbollah's arsenal.Both sources from the rival neighborhoods appeared to agree that the latest clashes were related to the Cabinet's delay in formulating a policy statement.
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