An explosion ripped through an apartment block in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli on Saturday, killing two people and injuring 17, medical sources said. The blast took place in the city's Bab Tibbaneh area, where nine people were killed in clashes that erupted on Sunday between supporters of the government and followers of the opposition.
Ambulances rushed to evacuate casualties from the building, and rescuers were facing difficulties in carrying out their duties due to sniper fire targeting the streets, according to police reports, cited by Naharnet. Medical sources said most of the wounded were children, women and old men.
The reports said gunmen also took to the streets in Tibbaneh after snipers in neighboring Baal Mohsen opened fire at the district.