Five killed by snipers in Lebanon's Tripoli

Five people have been killed by snipers since Saturday in Tripoli.

Five killed by snipers in Lebanon's Tripoli

World Bulletin / News Desk

Five people have been killed by sniper fire since Saturday in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, medical and security sources said.

The deaths are the latest round of violence over neighbouring Syria's civil war.

The Lebanese army used "rockets" for the first time to quell the fighting between rival neighbourhoods, one security source said, without specifying which weapons were used. Normally, soldiers use assault rifles to target snipers.

The sources said three of the dead belonged to the Sunni Muslim Bab al-Tabbaneh district, whose residents overwhelmingly support the rebels battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Two others killed were from the neighbourhood of Jebel Mohsen, which supports fellow Assad.

Sniper attacks are common along Syria Street, which divides the rival neighbourhoods, and adjacent streets.

Sources said 45 people have also been wounded in the past 48 hours in related clashes, including four soldiers. The army has been deployed across the city for months in an effort to quell the violence.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Ocak 2014, 16:31