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Gunfire on streets of Lebanon as army clashes with Islamist militants

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 01:13

Gunfire erupts in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli during ongoing clashes between the army and Islamist militants. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Clashes erupted between the Lebanese army and Islamist militants on Saturday following explosions and gunfire in the streets of the northern city of Tripoli. At least two militants were killed and six soldiers - including an officer - were wounded in previous clashes between the army and Islamic gunmen in Tripoli on Friday. It was not immediately clear which group the militants represented, or whether they were Lebanese or Syrian, but Syrian rebels and hardline Lebanese Sunni Islamists have regularly accused the Lebanese army of working with the Shi'ite movement Hezbollah, which has sent fighters to aid Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Tripoli has seen some of the worst spillover from Syria's conflict, which has strained sectarian relations in Lebanon and triggered periodic gun battles, bombings and kidnappings across the country. Tensions spiked over the summer when Islamist gunmen from Syria briefly seized the Lebanese border town of Arsal and clashed with the army, killing around 20 soldiers and withdrawing with hostages, many of whom are still being held.

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Gunfire on streets of Lebanon as army clashes with Islamist militants

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 01:13