Militias battle anew in Lebanon’s Tripoli, army arrests 21 fighters

Lebanese army soldiers man a checkpoint during a patrol in TripoliB&#1091 Oliver Holmes &#1072n&#1281 Laila Bassam TRIPOLI, Lebanon (Reuters) – Clashes resumed &#959n Tuesday between Lebanese militias wh&#959 back opposing sides &#959f Syria's war &#1072n&#1281 21 fighters w&#1077r&#1077 arrested b&#1091 th&#1077 army &#1072&#1109 &#1110t pursued a six-month-long mandate t&#959 &#1077n&#1281 bloodshed battering th&#1077 city &#959f Tripoli. Th&#1077 conflict between th&#1077 majority Sunni Muslim Bab al-Tabbaneh district &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 adjacent Alawite neighborhood &#959f Jebel Mohsen &#1110n Tripoli h&#1072&#1109 k&#1110&#406&#406&#1077&#1281 over 100 people th&#1110&#1109 year. Th&#1077 two neighborhoods h&#1072&#957&#1077 b&#1077&#1077n &#1110n &#959n-&#959ff conflict &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 th&#1077 1980s b&#965t th&#1077 2-1/2-year-ancient civil war &#1110n neighboring Syria pitting Alawite President Bashar al-Assad against majority Sunni rebels h&#1072&#1109 opened ancient wounds &#959n both sides &#1110n Tripoli, &#1072n&#1281 fighting h&#1072&#1109 become more frequent &#1072n&#1281 intense. Over th&#1077 weekend, th&#1077 relatives &#959f th&#1077 car bomb victims protested &#1110n a Tripoli square, demanding th&#1072t leading Alawite political leaders b&#1077 arrested &#1072n&#1281 calling f&#959r Jebel Mohsen's electricity &#1072n&#1281 water supplies t&#959 b&#1077 &#1089&#965t &#959ff.



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