Borgerkrigen i Syria viser tegn til å spre seg til Libanon. Tripoli så kamper både lørdag og søndag.
Residents said running gunbattles broke out in the city Saturday and continued through the night primarily between a neighborhood populated by Sunni Muslims opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad and another area with many Assad backers from his Alawite sect.
Lebanon’s national news agency NNA said one soldier was shot dead by a sniper in the city early Sunday. Another man was found dead on the side of a road while a third died after a shell landed in a residential neighborhood.
An Associated Press reporter in Tripoli said the Lebanese army sent reinforcements to the city, but that intermittent clashes continued Sunday with gunmen shooting at each other with automatic rifles. Heavier weapons, like rocket-propelled grenades, have also been fired.
At one point, the Lebanese army shot at group of men in a street, some of them armed, wounding two men. Residents rushed then to a hospital. One had been shot in the chest and appeared seriously wounded.
Similar clashes in the area in February killed two people.