Syrian-linked clashes in Lebanon

Clashes erupted between heavily-armed supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Lebanon's port of Tripoli on Saturday, killing at least ten people.

Heavily-armed clashes in Syria

A wounded man shows his injury during clashes that erupted between Sunnis and Alawites in Tripoli, Lebanon on Saturday.
A wounded man shows his injury during clashes that erupted between Sunnis and Alawites in Tripoli, Lebanon on Saturday. Credit: Bilal Hussein/AP/Press Association Images
A Sunni gunman is seen near a burning building during the clashes.
A Sunni gunman is seen near a burning building during the clashes. Credit: Bilal Hussein/AP/Press Association Images

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At least 10 killed in Lebanon clashes

Clashes between pro and anti-Syrian regime gunmen on Saturday killed at least 10 people and wounded 31 others in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, a security official said.

Among the dead were a woman and her son, killed by a rocket in the Bab al-Tebbaneh district, a mostly Sunni Muslim community which supports Syria's anti-regime opposition, the official said.

AFP reports.

Lebanese Prime Minister to take 'all measures' to stop clashes

Prime Minister Najib Mikati's Office said:

The Lebanese army and internal security forces need to take all measures to stop the clashes in the city of Tripoli, without discrimination.

– Prime Minister Najib Mikati's Office

A Reuters journalist at the scene said the army moved into the area with armoured vehicles but did not open fire.

The clashes began after midnight on Friday and were continuing late on Saturday when mortar bombs could be heard.

Gunmen from the Jabal Mohsen district, home to the minority Alawite sect - the same offshoot of Shi'ite Islam to which Assad belongs, have fought on-off skirmishes over the past few weeks with Sunni Muslim fighters in the Bab al-Tabbaneh area.

Nine killed in Syrian-linked clashes in Lebanon

Clashes erupted between heavily-armed supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Lebanon's port of Tripoli on Saturday, killing nine people and prompting Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati to rush there to try to stop the violence, Reuters reports.

Mikati held talks with ministers and officials in the northern city, as gunmen a few kilometres (miles) away fired machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades at each other. Residents and a doctor said 42 people had been wounded.

Officials say at least 22 injured in Tripoli

At least seven people have been killed and 22 others injured in gun battles between pro- and anti-Syrian groups in northern Lebanon today, security officials said, as activists reported fresh shelling in a region in central Syria where a massacre last week left more than 100 people dead.

The clashes were the latest to hit the the Lebanese port of Tripoli, after last month's fighting saw at least eight people killed. The fighting in Tripoli started shortly before midnight yesterday and intensified today, the officials said.

The conflict pits Sunni Muslims who support Syrian rebels trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad against members of the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam which Assad is a member.

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Reports: 7 dead in Lebanese city of Tripoli

An army doctor has reported that 7 people have been killed and 30 wounded during clashes between pro-Assad and anti-Assad gunmen in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, according to Reuters.

Residents of neighbouring districts have fought on-off skirmishes in recent weeks, but today's death toll is the highest in a single day in Tripoli, raising fears that Syria's unrest will spill over into its smaller neighbour.