File - Lebanese soldiers on armored vehicles drive toward Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood of Tripoli, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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Hayat al-Ali, a 55-year-old diabetic, sat on a couch in her neighbor's house in the dark, as the clashes persisted outside. Power cuts have become indicative of clashes as power lines are usually interrupted in the first few hours of every round that rivals in the mostly-Sunni Bab al-Tabbaneh engage in altercations with the Alawite Jabal Mohsen. On the couch facing Ali sat her 70-year-old neighbor Umm Ahmad, the owner of the house where Ali was taking refuge.Residents of Bab al-Tabbaneh have received compensation money from the government for properties damaged during the clashes, but they argue the amount was not sufficient.
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