At least two people were killed, including a young girl, and 10 people injured when clashes erupted between rival neighborhoods in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, a site of frequent battles related to the war in Syria, state news reported.
Lebanon’s National News Agency said 10-year-old Fatima al-Ashi was shot dead by a sniper during clashes between the neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen.
The fighting erupted in the afternoon when gunmen shot an Alawi resident, Walid Barhoum, the latest in a spate of sectarian attacks by salafi militants in the city.
Clashes intensified as news spread that Barhoum succumbed to his wounds at a hospital in the evening.
Hundreds have been killed in a series of brutal clashes between the neighborhoods over the past two years, often triggered by events in Syria, or Syria-related events in Lebanon.
Residents of Jabal Mohsen, who mostly belong to the minority Alawi sect, have been increasingly targeted by gunmen in the city because of their perceived support for the Syrian government.
The residents of Bab al-Tabbaneh overwhelmingly back the Syrian rebels in the nearly three-year-old war next door.