Lebanon's Tripoli clashes kill 12, including soldier

Lebanon's Tripoli clashes kill 12, including soldier
Sun Mar 16, 2014 18:32:44

Death toll in fighting between rival groups in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli has reached 12 after a Lebanese Army soldiers was also reported killed as deadly clashes continued to rage on.

Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA) reported Sunday that sporadic sniper and machine gun fire continued through Saturday night and well into Sunday morning across the major city.

The report further added that 57 more people were injured as the result of the fighting between supporters of the foreign-backed Takfiri insurgents in Syria in Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood and those that sympathize with the Syrian government in the Jabal Mohsen area of the city.

According to the report, Lebanese army units were deployed in numerous areas of the city in an effort to identify and intercept all sources of gunfire.

Meanwhile, in a brief statement on Saturday, the Army said that at around 9.30 p.m. unidentified gunmen fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a military transport in Malloula, leading to the death of the soldier.

Hours earlier, Mohammad Nhayleh, a man accused of targeting the Lebanese Army in February, was shot and killed in the city’s vegetable market, local media reported citing sources.

Nhayleh allegedly fired an RPG at the military in the last round of clashes between fighters in the rival neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen, the source added.

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