Alawite-Sunni fighting erupts in Lebanese port city

Reuters News
Posted: May 14, 2012 3:25 PM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Two people were killed when fighting erupted overnight in the Lebanese city of Tripoli between members of the Alawite minority loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and majority Sunni residents, witnesses and security officials said on Sunday.

Rocket-propelled grenades and automatic rifles were used in the fighting between armed groups in an Alawite enclave and surrounding Sunni neighborhoods in the port city, 70 km (44 miles) north of Beirut, they said.

(Reporting by Laila Bassam; Editing by Alessandra Rizzo)