North Lebanon calm after Syria spillover clashes

Associated Press Published: May 15, 2012

TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanese troops have deployed in tense areas of the northern city of Tripoli after three days of sectarian clashes in a spillover of the 14-month-long conflict in neighboring Syria.

Lebanese army and police forces are patrolling the city as residents start to reopen their shops and check their property for damages.

An Associated Press reporter in Tripoli says no gunmen were seen in the streets on Tuesday.

Tripoli is Lebanon's second-largest city and its Sunni and Alawite residents are bitterly split over loyalties linked to the Syrian uprising. The three days of clashes pitted neighbor against neighbor.

At least five people died and 100 were wounded in the gunbattles that erupted late Saturday.


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