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Fresh clashes between Sunnis and Alawites in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli defied ceasefire and raised death toll to 12 people killed and 100 injured, Reuters reported on Thursday.
Security forces reported on Wednesday that at least nine people have been killed in clashes between rival pro- and anti-Damascus gunmen in Tripoli, testing Lebanon’s fragile security situation.
Top local security, political and religious officials met and agreed on a ceasefire to take effect at 1400 GMT, an AFP correspondent reported.
The port city of Tripoli, the second largest metropolis in Lebanon, remained tense, with armed men driving through the city and shooting rounds of live fire into the air, the correspondent said.
The army said it will open talks with city elders to restore stability and has also boosted its presence in the areas where the fighting has been taking place.
The latest round of fighting has rattled the already fragile security situation in Lebanon, which lived under three decades of Syrian domination and remains deeply divided between supporters and opponents of the Damascus government.