One man died on January 5 in renewed outbreaks of heavy gunfire in the northern Lebanese port of Tripoli, which has so far paralysed the city for six consecutive days.
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Background: TRIPOLI, LEBANON
One man died on January 5 in renewed outbreaks of heavy gunfire in the northern Lebanese port of Tripoli, which has so far paralysed the city for six consecutive days. The fighting between pro- and anti-Syrian groups has brought the death toll in this latest outburst to 50. Reports say there was indiscriminate shelling and sniper fire throughout the day and all water and electricity supplies have been cut. Tripoli, the second largest city in Lebanon has been controlled by Syrian troops since the end of the Lebanese civil war six years ago. The fighting is between a coalition of anti-Syrian Moslem groups and Syrian troops backed up by the Arab Democratic Party militia. Peace keeping efforts in Lebanon have so far concentrated on negotiating a deadline for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the southern part of the country which they control, and although there have been no direct discussions with the Syrians, they have said they will pull out as soon as Israeli does. On January 4, Tripoli's leading politician, former Minister Rashid Karami, visited Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad in Damascus and later told reporters that he was returning home with a team of Syrian army officers to try and stop the fighting. Several short ceasefires had been agreed between the opposing sides in Tripoli, but none lasted, including the ceasefire arranged to allow Mr. Karami to leave the city on the road to Damascus.
Source: REUTERS - TEWFIK GAZZAWI