Snipers kill two in Lebanon’s Tripoli, security says

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Snipers have shot dead two men in Tripoli, the Lebanese city wracked by a wave of bloody violence linked to the conflict in neighboring Syria, a security official said on Tuesday.

“One policeman who was off duty died of sniper-fire wounds from the day before, and a Syrian residing in the city suffered the same fate,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The latest deaths came a day after six people were killed in similar clashes between Sunni- and Alawite-populated parts of the flashpoint northern city.

The violence continued on Tuesday, with assailants torching Alawite-owned shops in the Sunni neighbourhood of Bab el-Tabbaneh, said the security official.

The latest confrontations come after a brief lull in the violence between the two sides, following a flare-up last month that left 31 people dead and more than 200 hurt.

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.

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