Many killed as Lebanese clash over Syria
Twelve people reportedly killed in Tripoli as opponents and supporters of Syria’s regime fire machine guns and grenades.
Twelve people have been killed and dozens wounded in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli in clashes between supporters and opponents of the Syrian regime, local media reports.
Among the dead on Saturday were a woman and her son, killed by a rocket in the Bab al-Tabanneh district, a mostly Sunni Muslim community which supports Syria’s opposition, a security official said.
At least five were wounded in Jabal Mohsen, an area mainly populated by Alawites who support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Residents of the neighbouring districts have clashed repeatedly in recent weeks, but Saturday’s death toll is the highest in a single day in Tripoli.
Sporadic gun and rocket fire broke out at midnight and continued through the night, forcing some residents of the port city to flee their homes.
“Over recent months, people have been warning that the crisis in Syria was going to spill over into the country,” Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr, reporting from the capital, Beirut, said.
“It actually has spilled over, and it’s becoming a dangerous reality.
“Ceasefires have come and gone but without a political consensus, it’s likely that we’ll see more clashes.
Pictured: The army has been called in to quell fighting in Tripoli, where sporadic clashes have continued for months [Reuters]