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Pro- and anti-Syrian regime gunmen clash in Lebanon

February 10, 2012 Shooting broke out on Friday in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli as gunmen deployed heavily in two rival neighborhoods, one group supporting and the other opposed to the regime in Syria. "There is a heavy armed presence and shooting in the Sunni Muslim neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh and the Alawite neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen," a security official said, requesting anonymity. "One person driving by was injured in the gunfire." He said the army had deployed in both neighborhoods earlier in the day, but later retreated to a street dividing the two sides. "Two soldiers were wounded in the clashes," he said. The Sunni-majority coastal city has in the past few years been the scene of intense clashes between Sunni supporters of the anti-Syrian opposition and Alawite Muslims loyal to a Hezbollah-led alliance backed by Iran and Syria. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is fighting an unprecedented revolt against his regime, hails from the Alawite community, an offshoot of Shia Islam. -AFP/NOW Lebanon

NNA: ‘Huge explosion’ near university in North Lebanon
February 10, 2012 A “huge explosion” took place on Friday evening near Al-Jinan University in North Lebanon’s Tripoli, the National News Agency reported. “[Multiple] explosions were heard and a huge fire erupted in the area,” the report also said, adding that it “may be due to the explosion of an arms’ warehouse.” Shooting broke out in Tripoli as gunmen deployed heavily in two rival neighborhoods, Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen, one group supporting and the other opposed to the regime in Syria. Lebanon’s political scene is split between supporters of Syrian President Bashar alAssad’s regime, led by Hezbollah, and the March 14 pro-Western camp. -NOW Lebanon

Guards injured after gunmen clash in Lebanon

Lebanese gunmen take to the streets in the Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood in the northern city of Tripoli. (AFP Photo/STR)

February 11, 2012 Three Syrians were injured in an accidental explosion at a munitions depot in the North Lebanon port of Tripoli on Friday, a security source told AFP. The men, all security guards, lit a fire to warm themselves near containers that stored munitions, without being aware of the contents, prompting an explosion at the privately run facility. The blast increased tensions in the city, where shooting broke out earlier as gunmen deployed heavily in two rival neighborhoods, one group supporting and the other opposed to the regime in Syria. "There is a heavy armed presence and shooting in the Sunni Muslim neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh and the Alawite neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen," a security official said, requesting anonymity. He said the army had deployed in both neighborhoods, but later retreated to a street dividing the two sides. Five people were reported wounded, including two soldiers. The Sunni-majority coastal city has in the past few years been the scene of intense clashes between Sunni supporters of the anti-Syrian opposition and Alawite Muslims loyal to a Hezbollah-led alliance backed by Iran and Syria. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is fighting an unprecedented revolt against his regime, hails from the Alawite community, an offshoot of Shia Islam. -AFP/NOW Lebanon

Charbel voices fear Tripoli clashes are result of Syrian situation
February 11, 2012 Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said in remarks published on Saturday that he is “afraid” that Tripoli clashes are the “spark of strife resulting from Syrian events.” Charbel told Al-Liwaa newspaper that the situation in Lebanon calls for “decisive positions.” Shooting broke out in Tripoli on Friday as gunmen deployed heavily in Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen, one group supporting and the other opposed to the regime in Syria. Lebanon’s political scene is split between supporters of Syrian President Bashar alAssad’s regime, led by Hezbollah, and the March 14 pro-Western camp. -NOW Lebanon

NNA: ‘Uneasy calm’ settles over North Lebanon’s Tripoli
February 11, 2012 The National News Agency reported on Saturday that an “uneasy calm” settled over Tripoli’s neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen, adding that intermittent shots can be heard. The report also said that the clashes, which erupted Friday, killed one and injured six others including three soldiers. Many residents in the two rival neighborhoods fled their houses for safer places, the NNA also reported. Shooting broke out in Tripoli as gunmen deployed heavily in Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen, one group supporting and the other opposed to the regime in Syria. Lebanon’s political scene is split between supporters of Syrian President Bashar alAssad’s regime, led by Hezbollah, and the March 14 pro-Western camp. -NOW Lebanon

Clashes renew in Tripoli’s Bab al-Tabbaneh, Jabal Mohsen
February 11, 2012 The Voice of Lebanon (100.5) radio station reported that clashes renewed on Saturday morning between parties in Tripoli neighborhoods of Bab alTabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen.

On Friday, shooting broke out in Tripoli as gunmen deployed heavily in two rival neighborhoods, Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen, one group supporting and the other opposed to the regime in Syria. Lebanon’s political scene is split between supporters of Syrian President Bashar alAssad’s regime, led by Hezbollah, and the March 14 pro-Western camp. -NOW Lebanon

Clashes renew in Tripoli’s Bab al-Tabbaneh, Jabal Mohsen
February 11, 2012 The National News Agency reported on Saturday that clashes renewed between parties in Tripoli’s neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab alTabbaneh. The report also said that explosions and gunfire can be heard, adding that the Lebanese army is responding to the sources of gunfire and “chasing the armed people and those tampering with security.” OTV also reported that 20 people were injured in the clashes. Shooting broke out in Tripoli on Friday as gunmen deployed heavily in Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen, one group supporting and the other opposed to the regime in Syria. Lebanon’s political scene is split between supporters of Syrian President Bashar alAssad’s regime, led by Hezbollah, and the March 14 pro-Western camp. -NOW Lebanon

Qabbani warns Tripoli clashes 'may aim to incite strife'
February 11, 2012 Grand Mufti of the Lebanese Republic Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani said that Tripoli clashes “may be an attempt to incite strife,” according to a statement issued by his press office on Saturday. He also said that the armed clashes in the city are “worrying,” and called on the Lebanese army to “put an end to violence.” Shooting broke out in Tripoli on Friday as gunmen deployed heavily in Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen, one group supporting and the other opposed to the regime in Syria. Lebanon’s political scene is split between supporters of Syrian President Bashar alAssad’s regime, led by Hezbollah, and the March 14 pro-Western camp. -NOW Lebanon