A new wave of Syria-linked clashes between Sunni and Alawite residents of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli has killed six people in less than 24 hours, a security source said Monday.
“One civilian was killed and 21 were wounded in clashes late Sunday between the Sunni-majority Bab el-Tabbaneh neighborhood and the facing Alawite area of Jabal Mohsen,” the source told AFP.
Further clashes on Monday left dead another four men and a woman, and wounded another 17 people. Those killed on Monday were all in Bab el-Tabbaneh.
The latest confrontations come after a brief lull in the violence between the two sides, after a flare-up last month left 31 people dead and more than 200 wounded.
The violence is tied to the conflict in Syria, where a Sunni-led uprising is fighting to overthrow the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, an Alawite.
The fighting in Tripoli, which has flared sporadically since the beginning of the Syria conflict in March 2011, has largely been confined to Jabal Mohsen and Bab el-Tabbaneh.
But the repercussions of the Syria conflict have also been felt elsewhere in its neighbor Lebanon.
In the southern port city of Sidon, the Sunni imam of a mosque told journalists he had come under fire from a car by gunmen using automatic weapons as he was walking to prayers.
“It is a message because of my support for (Lebanon’s Shiite group) Hezbollah and for favoring a political solution in Syria,” Sheikh Maher Hammud of al-Quds mosque said.
And security services reported another attack on a Sunni imam close to Hezbollah, which is an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
They said the car of Sheikh Ibrahim Mustafa Breidi came under machinegun attack in Lebanon’s eastern Bekaa area and caught fire.
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