October 29, 2013
Lebanon’s army is trying to quell deadly clashes between Lebanese
supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. One
soldier died yesterday (Oct 28) and several were wounded in the northern
city of Tripoli as army units deployed in a bid to curb a week of
fighting between warring sectarian neighborhoods.
The seven days of clashes in Lebanon’s second largest city have left
at least 17 dead and more than 100 wounded, say government officials.
The fighting is prompting worries once again that spillover violence
from the civil war raging in neighboring Syria will trigger widespread
sectarian conflict in Lebanon.
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Miqati sought to reassure Lebanese on
Tuesday (Oct. 29) saying the country’s security forces have received
“clear orders to restore calm and impose security in Tripoli.”
The fighting the past week between residents of Bab al-Tebbaneh, an
Alawi neighborhood that supports Assad, and Sunni Muslims in the
district of Jabal Mohsen is the worst Syrian-related gun battle seen in
Lebanon in weeks.
The adjacent neighborhoods have had a long history of conflict that stretches back to the 1975 Lebanese civil war.