Death Toll Climbs in Lebanon´s Syrian Clashes (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 05/17/12)
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The death toll from Syrian-related clashes continues to climb in the
Lebanese port city of Tripoli, as Israel closely monitors the events.
On Wednesday night, a civilian was caught in the crossfire and died
of his wounds, security sources said.
At least nine people have died and nearly 100 have been wounded in
the fighting between the majority Sunni Muslims and the small Alawite
community that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, himself an
Alawite. The Lebanese Army, which initially had hung back, was
finally deployed within the city itself after the violence resulted
in lost lives on Tuesday.
Syrian troops were garrisoned in Lebanon until 2005, and spent years
in the country. They were also suspected of involvement in the
assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.
The Alawite sect is an offshoot of Shi´ite Islam, which opposes
Syria´s majority Sunni Muslims who have led the uprising against the
A United Nations investigation eventually found that a hand-picked
group of operatives from the Shi´ite Muslim Hizbullah terrorist
organization was responsible for Hariri´s murder.
Especially since the Israeli army withdrew from its buffer zone in
southern Lebanon, Hizbullah has gradually extended control over the
Following the 2006 Second Lebanon War between Hizbullah and Israel,
the pro-Syrian terrorist group also expanded its control over the
Lebanese government itself. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/17/12)
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