Two shot in Lebanon's Tripoli during outburst of sectarian tension
The Lebanese army will be deployed in Tripoli for six months in a bid to calm sectarian tensions. (AFP/File)
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Two residents of the Jabal Mohsen district in the northern city of Tripoli were injured on Wednesday when assailants shot them as part of the sectarian attacks gripping the city.
Samer al-Aswad was wounded in his abdomen while Haidar Soaifan was shot in his leg, the state-run National News Agency reported.
They were transported to a hospital in Zgharta, NNA said.
The Lebanese army sent reinforcements to al-Beddawi after the shooting.
Sectarian attacks against Alawites from Jabal Mohsen has increased lately.
The latest assault earlier this month brought a new round of deadly gunbattles between the district and the rival Sunni neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh.
State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr charged several Jabal Mohsen suspects for their involvement in the clashes.
He referred them to First Military Examining Magistrate Riyad Abu Ghida.
The Lebanese government authorized the army to take control of Tripoli for six months following the three days of sectarian fighting.
Tensions between the neighboring areas date back to Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war but have been exacerbated by the conflict across the border in Syria, where Alawite President Bashar Assad is battling a Sunni-led uprising.
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