Neighborhood clashes in Lebanon leave 3 dead, 28 injured

June 3, 2013 at 10:25 AM

TRIPOLI, Lebanon, June 3 (UPI) -- Clashes between residents in two neighborhoods in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, killed three people and injured 28 others, officials said Monday.

Small arms, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades were used by the combatants in the Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighborhoods, The (Beirut) Daily Star reported.

They started fighting Sunday in a conflict tied to the Syrian civil war, the Star said.

Many residents in Jabal Mohsen support Syrian President Bashar Assad and much of Bab al-Tabbaneh backs the rebels fighting against Assad's regime, the report said.

Soad Mohammad, Sayed Antoun and Ahmad Sabih, were killed by gunfire during the clashes, officials said.

A number of residential buildings and stores were damaged.

Last month, 30 people were killed and more than 200 injured in similar clashes, the newspaper said.

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