DHAKA: At least seven people have been killed and many injured in the Lebanese port city of Tripoli, in clashes linked to unrest across the border in Syria.
Supporters and opponents of the uprising against President Assad of Syria clashed with rifles and rocket-propelled grenades on Saturday evening.
Tensions in the northern port city have mounted since Syria’s uprising began, reports BBC.
Recent months have seen increased clashes between armed Alawite groups and Sunni fighters in the city.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is an Alawite, while the supporters of the uprising against him are mainly Sunni.
In Syria itself, opposition activists reported yet more violence.
Two civilians were killed - one during an army raid in the capital, Damascus, and another by gunfire in the city of Homs.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said rebels had killed six soldiers in the southern province of Deraa and at least eight others in clashes on the outskirts of Damascus
Meanwhile, UN peace envoy Kofi Annan - in Doha for a meeting with Arab League members - warned that Syria was slipping closer to all-out war and said the conflict there was developing an alarming sectarian dimension.
BDST: 2131 HRS, JUN 2, 2012
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor
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