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Clashes in Tripoli

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Here is an updated version of the previous post here, with a video from Al Jazeera English.

After some calm came to Beirut Al Jazeera English reports:

At least one person has been killed in clashes between supporters of Lebanon’s government and the Hezbollah-led opposition in the northern city of Tripoli.

The fighting, which began late on Saturday and continued throughout the night, came hours after Lebanese opposition forces started to withdraw from the streets of Beirut, Lebanon’s capital.
They had earlier seized much of the capital in battles with government supporters.

An army official in Tripoli said government supporters had fought loyalists of an Alawite sect with links to Hezbollah in the Bab al-Tebbaneh, Kobel and Jabal Mohsen neighbourhoods.
“One woman has died in her house near Bab al-Tebbaneh,” he said, adding that about 7,000 people had fled the fighting.

He said that several people had been wounded in the fighting.

And PressTV:

Residents of Tripoli could hear heavy machine gun firing and the thump of exploding rocket-propelled grenades, some of which fell inside the city.

The unrest came despite a return to calm in the capital Beirut on Saturday, which was the scene of fierce fighting between supporters of the ruling bloc and the opposition.

The opposition announced that it was ending its takeover of Beirut after the army revoked government moves against Hezbollah.


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