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Cease-fire crumbles in Lebanon clashes

Aug. 24, 2012 at 9:01 AM   |   Comments

TRIPOLI, Lebanon, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- A cease-fire in Lebanon between opposition and loyalists of Bashar Assad's Syrian regime collapsed Friday as fighting killed a Salafist sheik, officials said.

Fierce clashes in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli injured 21 other people, including Hussein Nahle, a Lebanese Sky News Arabia employee and a female Canadian journalist, The (Beirut) Daily Star reported.

The cease-fire came to an end Friday after four days of violence left at least 12 dead and more than seven injured, the newspaper said.

A statement from political, religious and security officials who met Thursday in Tripoli said the army has been told to take any measure to put a stop to the violence and arrest militants.

Lebanese Sunnis are largely in opposition to Assad's regime while Alawites support the president, The Daily Star reported.

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt said Thursday, it's "time for the warring sides in Tripoli to realize that they have no effect whatsoever on the events in Syria.

"What is the fault of the poor and innocent people in Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh? Why do they have to pay for bigger conflicts in which they have no stake?"

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