Syria's civil war claims 10 more lives in Lebanon, as sectarian strife continues to spread

A Sunni gunman steps out from a hole made by fighters to move from street to street, during clashes in Tripoli, Lebanon, Aug. 22, 2012. AP Photo/Hussein Malla

A Sunni gunman is seen during clashes in Tripoli, Lebanon
A Sunni gunman steps out from a hole made by fighters to move from street to street, during clashes in Tripoli, Lebanon, Aug. 22, 2012.
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(CBS News) BEIRUT, Lebanon - Heavy fighting in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli has left at least 10 people dead and more than 100 wounded in the second day of clashes between Sunni Muslims and Alawites, as the ongoing crisis in neighboring Syria continues spilling across the border, highlighting the sectarian nature of the conflict.

Grenades blasts and heavy gunfire were heard throughout the night between Alawite backers of Syrian President Bashar Assad and pro-revolutionary Sunnis, despite a heavy presence of Lebanese troops deployed to the port city to try and contain the conflict. Ten Lebanese soldiers have been wounded so far in the fighting.

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"We are again in a historic conflict," Ali Faddah, an Alawite resident of Tripoli, told CBS News before the clashes broke out, adding defiantly: "We are not scared."

Fighting between the two groups has been going on ever since the conflict erupted in Syria 18 months ago. In June, 15 people were killed in similar clashes in Tripoli, but the fighting seen over the past few days has been the worst yet.

"We don't feel any danger," said Faddah. "We believe in confrontation, in defense of our line and principles."

As long as the conflict continues across the border in Syria - and there is no end in sight - Faddah and the other residents of Tripoli will continue to see the bloodshed of a civil war next door manifesting itself in this deeply divided community.

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  • Fernando Suarez

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