A Lebanese gunmen in Bab al-Tabbaneh, Tripoli fires at the Alawite neighbourhood of Jabal Mohsenon May 25, 2013, Lebanon
A Lebanese gunmen in Bab al-Tabbaneh, Tripoli fires at the Alawite neighbourhood of Jabal Mohsenon May 25, 2013, Lebanon. Firefights in northern Lebanon between Sunni Muslims and Alawites -- the Shiite offshoot sect to which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad belongs -- have killed 30 people, a security source said on Saturday. © Ghassan Sweidan - AFP/File
A Lebanese gunmen in Bab al-Tabbaneh, Tripoli fires at the Alawite neighbourhood of Jabal Mohsenon May 25, 2013, Lebanon
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Last updated: May 25, 2013

30 dead in Lebanon Sunni-Alawite clashes

Firefights in northern Lebanon between Sunni Muslims and Alawites -- the Shiite offshoot sect to which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad belongs -- have killed 30 people, a security source said on Saturday.

Rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and machineguns have all been used in six days of clashes in the port city, in the deadliest violence to rock the country for years.

Most of the fighting has been between residents of the Sunni district of Bab el-Tebbaneh who support the rebels battling to topple Assad and people in the Alawite area of Jabal Mohsen who back him.

Four people from Bab el-Tebbaneh were reported dead on Friday night, the security source said, including one who died of his wounds. Another three, including a soldier, were killed in Jabal Mohsen.

The clashes subsided at dawn, but snipers were still operating in the area.

At least 204 people have also been wounded in the fighting that erupted in Tripoli on May 19, the source told AFP.

Thursday was the bloodiest day with 11 killed.

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