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Lebanese soldier succumbs to wounds sustained in Tripoli fighting

Residents look at passing armored vehicles after a day of clashes in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)

BEIRUT: Hussein Ahmad Wehbe, an adjutant in the Lebanese army, has died of wounds sustained during last week's clashes in Tripoli, according to the National News Agency.

The NNA reported that Wehbe succumbed to his wounds on Friday.

His funeral procession was held on Saturday in his hometown of Nabi Othman, Baalbek, and was thronged by large crowds of villagers and former comrades-in-arms.

A representative of head of the Lebanese Army Gen. Jean Kahwaji delivered a speech extolling the virtues of the departed.

Over a period of two days last weekend, clashes in Tripoli between residents of the predominantly Alawite neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen and the mainly Sunni district of Bab al-Tabbaneh claimed the lives of three civilians and led to the wounding of over 20 people, including soldiers sent in to quell the violence.

The fighting erupted over conflicting views of the uprising in Syria. Jabal Mohsen is a bastion of support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, while residents of Bab al-Tabbaneh are overwhelmingly opposed to Assad and his regime.

Religious leaders in the area, including Tripoli and North Lebanon’s Mufti Malek Shaar, have said that increasing state authority and disarming people is the only way to end the recurring cycle of clashes.

 

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