VIDEO: Mortar shelling in Lebanon as Syrian sectarianism spills over

Fierce fighting that included heavy mortar shelling killed six people overnight Wednesday in Tripoli after efforts to reach a cease-fire between Jabal Mohsen and neighboring Sunni areas faltered

by The Commentator on 23 May 2013 10:18

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Five people were killed and more than 50 wounded in overnight clashes in Tripoli, Lebanon.

Lebanese gunmen backing rival factions in Syria's civil war entered its third day yesterday as residents of Alawite district Jebel Mohsen and Sunni district Bab El-Tabbeneh battled.

Sources inside Lebanon have told The Commentator that they heard "over 100 mortar shells fall last night".

Lebanon's state National News Agency reported that 60 and 81 mm artillery rounds were used by both sides to target areas far from the front lines.

"Very violent fighting took place last night until 5:00 am that killed six people and wounded 40," an unnamed security source told Agence France Presse.

Reuters reports that Sunnis sympathetic to Syrian rebels live in a district of Tripoli overlooked by a hilltop neighborhood home to minority Alawites, the offshoot of Shi'ite Islam to which Assad belongs.

The two groups, says the Reuters report, have sporadically clashed in the region for decades. The Syrian conflict has apparently reopened old wounds, with each side accusing the other of using the city as a base for sending fighters and weapons in and out of Syria.

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