Lebanese army deploys in Tripoli following violent clashes
The Lebanese Army continued to deploy in Tripoli Tuesday as part of a plan to maintain stability in the northern city following repeated bouts of fighting between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Troops in 10 armored personnel carriers took up positions along Omari Street near the mainly Alawite, pro-Assad neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen.
Meanwhile, Ziad Allouki, a field commander in Bab al-Tabbaneh, a stronghold that strongly supports Syrian rebels, urged his fighters not to harm Lebanese soldiers as their conflict is with fighters in Jabal Mohsen.
The relatively quiet night was shattered by sporadic bursts of sniper fire, but no casualties were reported.
The Army came under fire Monday as units tried to deploy in Bab al-Tabbaneh to contain the latest round of fighting between the warring neighborhoods that left at least 16 people killed and more than 90 wounded.
A military statement said gunmen opened fire on an Army patrol during the deployment process on Syria Street in Bab al-Tabbaneh, wounding three soldiers.
The Army had begun deploying troops in Jabal Mohsen on Sunday and on Monday more soldiers were deployed in the pro-Assad neighborhood.