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Tensions over Syria plague Lebanon
A child has been killed as clashes between supporters and opponents of Assad continue in Tripoli.
Last Modified: 17 May 2012 21:09

In Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli, at least nine people have been killed in the last five days in clashes between supporters of the Syrian uprising and proponents of President Bashar al-Assad.

A child was killed in the latest clashes on Thursday.

Both sides blame the other for the violence. The Lebanese army has been deployed to restore calm, and is being seen by some as a party to the conflict.

The supporters of the Syrian opposition in Tripoli are mainly Sunni Muslims, and they are clashing with Alawites - belonging to the same sect as Assad. But, they say the fighting is political, not sectarian.

Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports from Tripoli.

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Al Jazeera
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