World Bulletin / News Desk
At least three people including an Sunni commander were killed on Friday in a fifth day of sporadic sectarian fighting in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli triggered by the conflict in neighbouring Syria.
A Lebanese security source said the situation in Tripoli, where clashes between Sunni Muslims and Alawites have killed 16 people since Monday, was "alarming and dangerous .. It is very likely that it will escalate this time".
Security sources said Sheikh Khaled al-Baradei, 28, a Sunni, was shot fatally in the neck by a sniper in the early hours on Friday, and two other identified men were killed.
The first security source said at least seven Alawite-owned shops in mainly Sunni districts had been torched. He said 41 people were wounded, including soldiers.
The Lebanese army deployed troops and tanks on the streets on Thursday morning to calm the streets and clashes appeared to die down in most areas before flaring again overnight.
Sunni Muslims in Syria form the backbone of the 17-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, part of the Alawite minority who are an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam. Tripoli's fighting has been along the same sectarian lines.
Gunmen from Tripoli's Alawite-populated Jabal Mohsen district have engaged in on-off skirmishes over the past week with Sunni fighters in the Bab al-Tabbaneh area.
The Lebanese government has distanced itself from the unrest in Syria for fear it might spill over because Lebanon's sectarian divisions are similar and Syria has powerful allies as well as enemies in its smaller neighbour.
Residents say political leaders in Tripoli agreed a ceasefire on Wednesday but sniping by both sides has continued.
7-year-old Bana Alabed tweets , "Good afternoon from #Aleppo I'm reading to forget the war"
Syria must be "liberated," Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said in remarks televised Saturday, and has said that demands for Assad's departure were "thoughtless."
The chairman of the coalition said Friday that he will seek to have the citizenship of the group's CEO revoked
'Hundreds of thousands of people are trapped in 17 other besieged locations,' says UN human rights chief
The court ordered a retrial in the case for Mohamed Badie and seven co-defendants
Egyptian security officials say gunmen have killed a senior army officer in the capital, Cairo.
Saudi television reports Houthi leader Hassan Sharif killed in clashes
A confidential report submitted to the U.N. Security Council on Friday found Syrian government forces responsible for a third toxic gas attac
Russian UN envoy confirms suspension of airstrikes will continue until Monday if 'armed groups' hold their fire
Move comes four days after Syrian intelligence chief meets Egyptian officials in Cairo
Syrian opposition fighter says liberation of Jarabulus sparked wave of new faces joining anti-ISIL militia
In Jerusalem, meanwhile, extremist Jewish settlers converge on Al-Aqsa in hundreds
The air strikes late Thursday targeted positions of the Iran-backed Huthi insurgents at Jebel al-Nabishuaib, on the southwestern outskirts of rebel-held Sanaa, according to witnesses.
The UN hopes to carry out the wounded from Aleppo during a pause in fighting
Travel agents have urged the Saudi government not to raise the Saudi visa fees which is having a detrimental impact on business ties
Three-day UN-backed ceasefire went into effect midnight Wednesday