At least two people were killed and 25 wounded on Sunday in sectarian clashes in Lebanon's second largest city Tripoli, security sources said.
Explosions and machinegun fire rocked the city as Sunni and Alawite Muslim gunmen battled on the outskirts of the mainly Sunni Muslim port city.
Lebanese army units deployed in the area and tried to end the fighting as local leaders tried to contain the conflict.
Several homes, shops and cars were damaged in the clashes that left the streets of the city largely deserted.
It was not immediately clear how the fighting began at dawn but tension has been high in recent weeks between the Sunni Bab Tibbaneh district and Alawite Jabal Mohsen.
Tripoli is dominated by the country's anti-Syrian Sunni-led majority coalition while a majority of Alawites maintain close ties to Syria, which is ruled by an Alawite.
Last month Lebanon ended its 18-month political crisis with the Western-backed coalition and the Hezbollah-led opposition reaching a Qatari-mediated accord.
Last Mod: 22 Haziran 2008, 14:52