Two soldiers wounded in clashes in volatile Lebanese city

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Fighting between rival insurgents rocked Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli on Wednesday, leaving two government soldiers injured, police said.

The clashes erupted in the hotspots of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen, two impoverished Tripoli districts that regularly witness sectarian fighting linked to the war in neighbouring Syria, dpa reported.

Rocket-propelled grenades and automatic rifles were used in Wednesday's gunbattles, according to police. Army personnel also came under gunfire in the area.

The fighting prompted local schools to shut down.

The fighting first broke out on Friday, when a Jabal Mohsen man was shot dead.

Bab al-Tabbaneh is a mainly Sunni district whose residents back the rebellion against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose Alawite sect is heavily present in Jabal Mohsen.

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