3 Wounded as Sectarian Clashes in Lebanon Continue (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 05/19/12)
INN} ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS
INN} ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS Articles-Index-Top
Shelling between two pro and anti-Syrian neighborhoods in the north
Lebanon port city of Tripoli on Friday left three people wounded,
sources told AFP.
A security official told AFP that at least four shells and grenades
fell on the two districts, one with a majority Sunni Muslim
population supporting the revolt in neighboring Syria, and another
populated by Alawites loyal to the Syrian regime.
Clashes in the area over the past week have left ten people dead and
sparked fears that the revolt sweeping Syria since March of last year
could engulf Lebanon.
Tension between the Sunni and Alawite communities in Tripoli has been
fueled by the uprising in Syria and the arrival in the area of
thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing the violence in their country.
Clashes broke out last weekend, after the arrest of a Sunni Islamist
on charges of belonging to a terrorist organization. His supporters
say he was targeted for helping Syrian refugees fleeing the unrest in
On Wednesday night, a civilian was caught in the crossfire in the
city and died of his wounds.
Israeli defense personnel said this week they are watching closely as
Syrian gunmen begin to carry their battle into Lebanese territory.
Earlier this month, the Knesset´s Foreign Affairs and Defense
Committee issued an authorization for a call up for as many as 22 IDF
battalions to guard the northern and southern fronts after hearing
testimony from security officials. Almost immediately, six battalions
were activated. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/19/12)
Return to Top
MATERIAL REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY