Lebanon News

Blast, brief exchange of gunfire in north Lebanon

Lebanese army soldiers deploy in Bab al-Tebbaneh in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, August 23, 2012. (REUTERS/Stringer)

BEIRUT: A rocket-propelled grenade landed on the tense Syria Street separating the rival neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen in the northern city of Tripoli overnight after gunmen exchanged fire nearby.

No casualties were reported.

The rocket, which came hours after a hand grenade was tossed in the Sunni majority neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh, came from the direction of Alawite-dominated Jabal Mohsen.

Security forces backed by armored vehicles immediately began patrolling the areas where the incidents took place and pursued the assailants.

In the past year, Tripoli has witnessed sporadic armed clashes between the neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen, staunch supporters of President Bashar Assad, and Bab al-Tabbaneh who support the Syrian uprising against the government in Damascus.

In August, clashes in the northern city left at least 17 people killed and more than 100 wounded, including 11 soldiers and a foreign journalist.

Meanwhile, a Syrian man was shot and wounded Monday night in the neighborhood of Beddawi.

Daher Adnan Khalouf was transferred to a nearby hospital.

An investigation into the incident has been launched.





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