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One person was killed and at least seven injured in clashes
One person was killed and at least seven injured in clashes Friday between supporters of Lebanon's parliamentary majority and the opposition, the National News Agency reported Friday.

Voice of Lebanon radio reported that 15 people had been injured in the clashes, which broke out early Friday in the northern city of Tripoli.

The violence has erupted in two of the city's poorest neighborhoods: Jabal Mohsen, populated by Shia Alawites who support the opposition, and Bab Tibbaneh, where the predominantly Sunni population backs the parliamentary majority.

The sides exchanged fire from assault rifles and RPG launchers, while snipers shot at bordering districts. Sniper fire forced the army to close the highway linking the port city of Tripoli and Syria.

The LBCI TV channel reported that the army had blocked main roads into the neighborhoods, but had not entered the conflict zone.

The two districts saw a major clash earlier this month between supporters of Lebanon's Sunni-led governing coalition and an opposition alliance led by Shiite Hezbollah, which left 14 people dead and more than 100 injured.

The Tripoli fighting has cast a shadow over the unity government deal that ended a bitter political conflict between the two rival political forces. The new government, led by Prime Minister Fuad Saniora, was formed on July 11.


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