Lebanese army soldiers help evacuate civilians during clashes with Islamist gunmen in the historic market of the northern city of Tripoli on Oct. 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO / IBRAHIM CHALHOUB
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Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi called for a human corridor to evacuate embattled Tripoli of its civilians Sunday amid fierce weekend clashes between the Army and militants that have claimed the lives of 27 people.In a separate statement earlier in the day Rifi said that the Army offensive against militants in north Lebanon is not a war against Sunnis, but Hezbollah is trying to exploit the security situation to stir sectarian strife.Rifi has accused the Army of being strongly influenced by Hezbollah.Pledging to fight all conspiracies against the people of Tripoli and north Lebanon, Rifi said Sunnis have always been and will remain supportive of the state and its institution.
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