Syrian conflict spreads to Lebanon

Published May 13th, 2012 - 12:04 GMT
Syria - Lebanon border
Syria - Lebanon border

Clashes were continuing Sunday in Tripoli, the largest city in northern Lebanon between supporters and opponents of the neighboring Syrian regime. At least three people were killed, said a source within the security services. In Bab el-Tebbaneh, a man died in clashes between residents of this predominantly Sunni neighborhood, opposing the Syrian regime, and in Jabal Mohsen neighborhood a supporter of Alawite regime of Bashar al-Assad was also killed. Meanwhile, a local resident of the Sunni Kobbe district had been killed Saturday night during clashes that left so ten wounded.

In a separate incident, an army officer was killed, according to another source within the security services, by a sniper after a gunfight Saturday night between the army and Islamist demonstrators demanding the release of one of their men detained by the Lebanese authorities.

Lebanon is divided between the opposition, who is backed by Washington and hostile to the Syrian regime, and the camp of Hizbullah, which dominates the government and is a staunch supporter of Damascus and Tehran.

Moreover, the bombings continue across the border in Syria, particularly in Douma , near Damascus . On Sunday, the regime forces launched an assault on the city and killed nine people in a village in the province of Hama. 

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