18 June 2011, 00:43

Sectarian clashes ripple across Tripoli

Sectarian clashes ripple across Tripoli

Sectarian clashes have broken out in Lebanon's second largest city - Tripoli. Troops have been introduced after the last anti-Syrian demonstrations erupted into violence and riots between members of the radical Sunni groups and the Alawite sect, which the ruling Syrian military and political elite belong to. The number of killed and wounded is increasing.

Sectarian clashes have broken out in Lebanon's second largest city - Tripoli. Troops have been introduced after the last anti-Syrian demonstrations erupted into violence and riots between members of the radical Sunni groups and the Alawite sect, which the ruling Syrian military and political elite belong to.

The number of killed and wounded is increasing. The sides resort to grenades and gunfire.

Three years ago, the army disarmed the Sunni and Alawite formations in Tripoli after the city became a hotbed of inter-confessional conflict. At the time, 49 people were killed and 300 were wounded in clashes on religious grounds.

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