One person was killed and five were wounded on Thursday in fresh clashes between pro- and anti-Syrian regime districts in the north Lebanon port city of Tripoli, a security official said.
“Sporadic clashes involving the use of rockets and machineguns began at around 4:00 am (0100 GMT) between the neighborhoods of Bab al-Tebanneh and Jabal Mohsen,” said the official, who requested anonymity.
Battles first erupted on Saturday between residents of the rival neighborhoods after security forces arrested Shadi al-Mawlawi, an Islamist, on alleged charges of belonging to a terrorist organization.
Mawlawi’s supporters say he was targeted because of his help for Syrian refugees fleeing to Lebanon.
Some 500 of them blocked a main road leading into Tripoli on Monday and said they would leave only after Mawlawi was released.
A total of ten people, including a soldier hit by sniper fire, died in the port city and dozens were wounded in the fighting.