Tripoli attack points to Lebanons Sunni rivalries

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It came a day after three people were killed in the southern city of Sidon in fighting between followers of a Sunni preacher and supporters of Hezbollah, a guerrilla movement and political party allied to Assad, whose Alawite faith is derived from Shi'ite Islam.

The clash occurred in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh on the edge of Sidon, a mostly Sunni city, when followers of Sheikh Ahmed al-Aseer, who adhere to a puritan interpretation of Islam, began removing banners put up by Hezbollah ahead of Ashura, a Shi’ite religious occasion.

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