Tripoli rocked by more sectarian clashes
A boy watches Lebanese soliders as they drive between the Sunni and Alawite sections of Tripoli. AFP
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Sporadic gunfire violated on Wednesday the cautious calm in the northern city of Tripoli a day after fierce battles rocked the city, claiming the lives of at least 12 people.
The state-run National News Agency reported that 12 people were killed, including two soldiers, and around 130 others wounded in the clashes that erupted over the weekend.
Earlier on Wednesday, sniper activity and sporadic gunfire could still be heard in the northern city.
Tens of homes were damaged by the fighting and families fled to safer areas.
Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati stressed that the Lebanese army has the complete jurisdictions to take the necessary measures to halt the clashes in the city and detain security violators.
He urged officials following up talks with security leaders over the situation in the city to cooperate with the army and security forces and to lift the political cover off violators.
The army has been deployed in the area since the outbreak but has failed to halt the fighting in the town, where clashes have frequently broken out since the March 2011 beginning of the conflict in neighboring Syria.
The Arab Democratic Party pledged later in the day to remain committed to a cease fire, ordering its supporters to exercise restraint and not to respond to the fire sources.
The largely Sunni city is home to a small community of Alawites, an offshoot of Shiite Islam to which Syrian President Bashar Assad belongs.
Clashes have often pitted residents of the Sunni district of Bab el-Tebbaneh against those from the neighboring Alawite area of Jabal Mohsen.
The latest round began as the Assad regime launched an assault on the rebel stronghold of Qusayr, near the border with Lebanon
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