Home > News > World
Sunday March 16, 2014 MYT 9:55:02 PM
Sunday March 16, 2014 MYT 9:55:57 PM
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A soldier and a civilian were killed in fighting between Sunni Muslims and Alawites in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, bringing the death toll from four days of clashes to 12, security and medical sources said.
The civilian was killed by sniper fire and the soldier when militants fired rocket-propelled grenades at two personnel carriers that had been dispatched to quell the violence on Saturday night.
Tensions between the Sunni Muslim majority and small Alawite community in Lebanon's second city have festered for decades, but the long-standing rivalry has worsened because of the sectarian war raging in neighbouring Syria, where a Sunni-led uprising is seeking to overthrow the Alawite president.
At least 70 people, including 17 Lebanese soldiers, have been wounded in clashes which broke out on Thursday after gunmen fatally shot a Sunni man who had Alawite relatives and lived in a mostly Alawite area of the city.
The fighting had eased up on Sunday but snipers were still operating around Syria Street, which separates the Alawite enclave of Jabal Mohsen from the Sunni district of Bab al-Tabbaneh.
(Reporting by Nazih Siddiq, Writing by Stephen Kalin, Editing by Angus MacSwan)
Kerry extends Iran talks, French foreign minister returns
Yemen Houthi fighters backed by tanks reach central Aden
Turkey police shoot attackers at Istanbul headquarters, government vows to find 'dark forces'
Nestlé rewards consumers with biggest promotion ever
The great South Australian adventure
Living away from Malaysia can trigger a lot of different longings
No kinky guests at The Escala
Cook seeks to compete for Moldova after Team GB snub
Jakarta school gets green light
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)