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7 killed, 40 injured in clashes in Lebanon's Tripoli


18:17, May 23, 2013

BEIRUT, May 23 (Xinhua) -- At least seven people were killed and 40 others injured in overnight clashes in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli, local security official told Xinhua Thursday.

On Wednesday, gunfire between the rival neighborhoods of Alawite Jabal Mohsen backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and Sunni Bab al-Tabbaneh, the opponents of the Syrian administration, broke out in Tripoli, bringing the total casualties of the four- day clashes to 13 killed and 126 injured, according to security source.

A security official told Xinhua that light and medium weapons are used in the fighting.

Sporadic riots have plagued the northern Lebanese city since early 2011 when unrest erupted in neighboring Syria.

In March, at least five people were killed and 26 others wounded, including army troops, in gun battles between Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh.

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